Rethinking Democracy’s Relation to Crisis: Is the Concept of Crisis itself in Crisis?

Foredrag af Nikolas Kompridis, Research professor and director of the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University Sydney, 21 maj 2014.
Abstract: ”In this talk I will make two seemingly dissonant but interrelated claims: 1) that “crisis” in a strictly defined sense is internal to democracy, both inescapable and necessary, from which circumstance distinctive normative, conceptual and institutional implications follow, and 2) that the concept of “crisis” is itself in crisis, making it an increasingly suspect if not meaningless category of diagnosis and critique.”
Kompridis research areas are Critical theory; democratic theory; theories of agency and action; theories of rationality; theories of identity, recognition, and culture; secularism and modernity; the role of social criticism in social change; the renewal of romanticism; and issues in philosophy of art, literature, music and film. Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Adorno, Arendt, Habermas, Foucault, Taylor, Cavell.