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Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais

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POGREBINSCHI, Thamy. Democracy enigma in Marx. Rev. bras. Ci. Soc. [online]. 2007, vol.22, n.63, pp. 55-67. ISSN 0102-6909.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-69092007000100005.

This article aims at analyzing the concept of Marx on true democracy as developed especially in the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, in order to indicate how he poses himself as the "resolved enigma" for modern ways of political organization. In doing so, the article argues that such enigma points towards the contradiction between state and civil society, which for Marx constitutes the main characteristic of political modernity. It consequently also argues that a solution revealed to the enigma of the "true democracy" implies in overcoming contradiction, what can only happen through the instauration of a new place for politics: the real community founded on free association of equally free men.

Keywords : Karl Marx; Democracy; State; Community.

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