Neal Curtis is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland. He is the author of Against Autonomy, Ashgate 2001; War and Social Theory, Palgrave 2006; and Idiotism, Pluto 2013. His current interests include media theory, technology and comics and is currently writing a book called On Sovereignty and Superheroes for Manchester University Press.
- "More specifically, it is a challenge to the structure of inclusion and exclusion that defined Greek aristocracy."
- "When thought in terms of the citizenry, the demos is integral to the polis understood as the city-state, yet it can also refer to a rural region or district and was originally understood to be the opposite of the polis."
- "In this regard, democratic philosophy ‘constantly tests its bounds’ and is absolutely not the business of priests."
- "This means that buried deep inside democracy is a connection to the commons, and to labour, from which the current form of democracy as privatised consumer choice is very far removed."
- "It is the ‘allocation of ways of doing [."
- "The difficulty, of course, is that the term democracy has fallen into such disrepute."
- "It is these three factors of disagreement, historical opening, and collective creativity that take us to the root of what is so important in the word demos."
- "The demos is resistant to being simply subsumed by the state, however it might be conceived."
- "For Castoriadis, the politics which is coeval with the emergence of philosophy and democracy ‘amounts to the explicit putting into question of the established institution of society’."
- "For Patočka, if history signifies anything, it is the moment where this openness is made explicit and becomes a philosophical problem."