Lecture Prof. Roberto Frega (CNRS, Paris) - A Social Ontology of Democracy

15-03-2018 van 19:30 tot 21:00
Faculty Council Room, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Volderstraat 3, Ghent
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Department of Conflict and Development Studies
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This talk presents an account of the social foundations of a theory of democracy. It purports to show that a social ontology is the necessary counterpart of a political theory of democracy. This goal, I contend, can be achieved through a social theory whose main pillars are provided by the three notions of habits, patterns of interaction, and forms of social organization. In the talk I will examine these three notions from the standpoint of a variety of approaches that subscribe to interactionist views of social life. 


There are a couple of papers that are connected to this talk, for more information please contact nida.alahmad@ugent.be; or steven.schoofs@ugent.be


Roberto Frega holds a PhD in philosophy from the Université Paris 8. He is permanent researcher at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) in Paris. His areas of specialization are American philosophy and contemporary democratic theory. In the first field he has published two monographs on John Dewey’s philosophy (Pensée, experience, pratique. Essai sur la théorie du jugement de John Dewey, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2006; John Dewey et la philosophie comme épistémologie de la pratique, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2006). In the second field he has published a book on political epistemology (Voci della ragione, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2009), a book on social theories of normativity (Les sources sociales de la normativitè, Vrin 2013), a book on moral and political philosophy (Practice, Judgment, and the Challenged of Moral and Political Disagreement. A pragmatist Account, Lexington, Lanhan, Md. 2012). His articles have appeared in many highly reputed international journals such as The European Journal of Political Theory, Constellations, Critical Horizons, Social theory and Practice, Metaphilosophy, Thesis Eleven, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, The Review of International Studies. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled The Democratic Project.