It is not generally appreciated that contemporary arguments for democracy are still infused with old prejudices that make little or no sense in the 21st century. Examples include the belief that democracy is a God-given ideal, or that it is intrinsically peaceful, or that it excels at fostering economic growth. Against these untenable prejudices, a new case can be made for democratising our thinking about what
This talk aims to provoke discussion about the long-term, ‘deep’ effects of green politics on the language and institutions and ‘imaginary’ of democracy. Some of these effects are more obvious than others, he points out. In half a generation, green-minded intellectuals, movements and political parties have helped ensure that such matters as chemical pollutants, nuclear [...]
Everybody warned this would be no ordinary invitation, and they were right. Three hundred metres from Knightsbridge underground station, just a stone’s throw from fashion-conscious Harrods, I suddenly encounter a wall of police. I try to remember my instructions. Look straight ahead. Avoid eye contact. If asked my name, reply with a question. Ask who [...]
The internationally renowned democracy expert, Professor John Keane, joined a special Sydney Writers’ Festival panel discussion on Thursday 17 May in the University of Sydney’s Great Hall on the future of the Occupy movement.
“Why Democracy”, a Greek-language publication by Professor John Keane, published by Nefeli Books (Athens, 2012) More info (PDF) -> Read Relevant Articles by Greek Newspapers TA NEA and Kathimerini An introduction by Antonis Liakos, Professor at the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Athens: Ποιους κινδύνους για τη δημοκρατία συνιστά η κατάρρευση του πολιτικού [...]
Universities are still often known as ivory towers, other-worldly spaces of solitude where privileged elites known as academics seek refuge from the harsh realities of the world. Although pejorative, the ivory tower image, originally Biblical, still manages to charm and seduce. Think of the majestic sandstone quadrangle of the University of Sydney. Stroll through the [...]
Democracy and ethics: an old philosophical subject that is much neglected today, not least because of widespread agreement that democracy stands for ethical pluralism. Democracy, the self-government of equals, is presumed to be incompatible with attempts to clothe citizens in one-size-fits-all Ethical Systems, such as the Nation and State, or History, Christianity, the Market, or [...]
John Keane asks David Held to look back over events and reconsider his reactions to a dissimulator. Was this an error of theory or of practice? Hasn’t the LSE Libya affair done damage to the scholarly credibility of research programmes in the area of democracy?
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Drawn from lectures originally delivered at the Institute for Management and Planning, Teheran, 5th May 2004 and (in revised form) at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), 14th July 2004. The Sovereign People? Among the most taken-for-granted propositions when discussing democracy is the claim that it is a special form of government by the people [...]
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