Neo-Liberalism versus Democracy
A talk by Dr Peter Dews
The current wave of so-called ‘populist’ movements has brought the idea of ‘neoliberalism’ to wider attention. Neoliberalism is often said to be what these movements are protesting against. But what is ‘neoliberalism’, and what are its intellectual roots? If neoliberalism is the spread of the market economy to every area of life, does this pose a threat to democratic politics? And if so, what can be done about it? In this lecture, I will explore these questions, with a special focus on the debate between the philosopher Jürgen Habermas and the sociologist Wolfgang Streeck. Is democracy best protected at the national level? Or does a globalised market economy need to be held in check by supra-national institutions?
Peter Dews is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex, where he has taught modern European philosophy for over 25 years. He has published numerous articles on nineteenth and twentieth century French and German thought, and is also the author of three books: Logics of Disintegration (1986), The Limits of Disenchantment (1995), and The Idea of Evil (2008). He has held visiting positions in New York, Vienna, and at the University of Konstanz. He is currently writing a book on debates in German philosophy in the 1830s and 1840s, which he researched while a Humboldt Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2015.
Friday 16 June 2017
Door and Bar 7pm, talk starts 7-30
Street food from 6.30