Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Speaker: Michael Reder, Professor for social and political philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy, Chair of Practical Philosophy (with focus on cross-cultural understanding) and head of the Institute of Ethics and Social Philosophy

Is Democracy Ready for Globalisation?

The discourse on democracy is among the most controversial debates both in public and academic debates. One main problem is that democracies are part of complex, global processes, but democratic theories often still operate with concepts of society and the political that are grounded in the idea of nation-states. The talk will present some philosophical reflections on democracy in times of globalisation. The key question is: how should we understand democracy, both its normative fundaments and its political implications, to deal with the heterogeneous and dynamic challenges posed by the diffuse processes of globalisation.