Lecture 'Non-Authoritarian Authority: A Critical Theory of Politics for our Times'

For whom
Students, Employees, Alumni, Press
When
14-06-2018 from 12:30 to 14:00
Where
Facultaire Raadzaal Recht en Criminologie, Voldersstraat 3, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
Department of Conflict and Development Studies
Contact
steven.schoofs@ugent.be
Website
https://www.ugent.be/doctoralschools/en/doctoraltraining/courses/specialistcourses/sbs/pragmatism-for-social-scientists.htm
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This lecture discusses what makes a political theory a critical theory of politics and how this can respond to the particular challenges of our times.

Drawing on a conception of critical theory indebted to the Frankfurt School, but integrating new impulses from outside it, Professor Cooke will identify the salient features of a critical theory of politics. Non-authoritarian authority is at the centre of her critical theory of politics, partly because it is a key factor, determining how we think of important concerns such as human well-being, ecological sustainability and global justice, and partly because of the current global upsurge in democratic support for authoritarian political regimes.

Maeve Cooke is Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Her current research interests centre on the relation between freedom and authority, with a specific focus on questions of democratic dissent and political violence. Her principal book publications are Language and Reason: A Study of Habermas’ Pragmatics (MIT Press, 1994) and Re-Presenting the Good Society (MIT Press, 2006).