Crítica da razão populista

Translated title of the contribution: Critique of populist reason

Gonçalo Marcelo

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This paper poses the question of the present state of criticism while also analyzing, in a more circumscribed manner, the specific phenomenon of “populism”. It shows the way in which populism as appeared in the public space mainly in a pejorative sense, and it suggests, along with Laclau (2005), that this phenomenon must not be rejected as such, insofar as it contains a specific rationality that is important for the democratic process but that must also be submitted to critical scrutiny. Thus, putting forward what the article calls a “critique of populist reason”, not only does it aim at reassessing what reason means today, but it also tries to distinguish the productive from the pernicious uses of populism by analyzing the narratives and values that each “populist” discourse mobilizes.

Translated title of the contributionCritique of populist reason
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)73-88
Number of pages16
JournalRevista Crítica de Ciências Sociais
Issue number117
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Critical theory
  • Democracy
  • Populism
  • Reason
  • Tolerance


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