Thursday, October 20, 2011, 7 pm
On the Relation Between Philosophy and Politics

Lecture by Chantal Mouffe (London) as part of the series "What is Philosophy?"

Chantal Mouffe shows how different approaches theorize the relation between philosophy and politics and bring to the fore their consequences for envisaging radical politics. Engaging with the work of Jaques Rancière, Alain Badiou, Antonio Negri, Roberto Esposito and others, Chantal Mouffe argues that a radical democratic project requires acknowledging the political in its antagonistic dimension and is therefore incompatible with any attempt to lay a philosophical grounding for politics.

Chantal Mouffe (b. 1943) is a professor of political theory at the University of Westminster. She has taught at universities in Europe and North and South America. She has also done research at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and Princeton University, New Jersey. In Paris, she served as director of the Collège International de Philosophie from 1989 until 1995. She is currently investigating the rise of rightwing populism in Europe and the political role of the European continent in a multi-polar world order. Selected publications
: On the Political (Abingdon: Routledge, 2005); The Legacy of Wittgenstein: Pragmatism or Deconstruction (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2001).

In English language

The complete series
What is Philosophy? is documented in a DVD-set and available at n.b.k.