Democracy's Futures Seminar
Nadia Urbinati (Political Science) and Jedediah Purdy (Law) will convene six seminars during the Fall 2021 term on the question, "What comes after the crisis of democracy?" The goal of the seminars is to revisit basic themes in political, social, and legal thought in light of the events of the past five years, in particular the evidence of the fragility of even "established" democracies. Rather than rehash now-familiar "How did we get here?" questions, they plan to ask into the potential paths forward—better and worse, including those to authoritarianism, technocracy, and deepened or revived democracy. These themes will be approached through a series of fundamental issues in political thought. Seminars will be led by specially invited participants in each session, and will take a piece of writing as a common table-setting.
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