Peter Hallward: Talk on The Will of the People and the Struggle for Democracy

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Thursday, 17th Febuary, 6 – 8pm,  Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin 8.

Canadian political philosopher Peter Hallward will be visiting Dublin to talk on

“The Will of the People and the Struggle for Democracy’

This talk, organised by the Praxis and Pedagogy seminar group, will try to clarify and defend the once-familiar notion of a democratic political will, understood as a rational practice of inclusive and egalitarian self-determination. As conceived by thinkers ranging from Rousseau to Fanon, exercise of an autonomous ‘will of the people’ involves a process of collective self-emancipation. It requires a capacity for association, deliberation, and prescription, as well as the power to implement political decisions in the face of whatever resistance they encounter. In the past, it was the militant assertion of such a popular will, for instance in the French, Haitian and Russian revolutions, that posed the most far-reaching challenges to the existing order of things; unsurprisingly, today’s reactionary political establishment (along with a good deal of contemporary philosophy and critical theory) is largely organised around its exclusion or disruption. But the struggle continues.

Biographical note: Peter Hallward teaches at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London, and is the author of Damming the Flood: Haiti and the Politics of Containment (2007), Out of this World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation (2006), Badiou: A Subject to Truth (2003), andAbsolutely Postcolonial (2001).

Readings: Radical Politics & Political Will
The Will of the People: Notes Towards a Dialectical Voluntarism

This event is orgainsed by the praxis & pedagogy seminar group at GradCAM