Monday 19 February 2018, 18:30 - 20:00

The Affects of Democracy

Chantal Mouffe

In this lecture Chantal Mouffe will discuss the crucial role played in politics by what she call 'passions' to refer to the common affects that are at stake in the construction of collective identities. Taking her bearings from Spinoza, Freud and Wittgenstein and from the agonistic model of democracy that she has elaborated in several of her writings she will scrutinize the nature of our current 'post-democratic' condition and enquire about the affects that need to be mobilized in order to create a collective will able to give a new vigour to the democratic ideals.

Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London. She has taught and researched in many universities in Europe, North America and South America and she is a corresponding member of the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. She is the editor of Gramsci and Marxist Theory (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1979), Dimensions of Radical Democracy. Pluralism, Citizenship, Community (Verso, London, 1992), Deconstruction and Pragmatism (Routledge, 1996) and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt, (Verso, London, 1999); the co-author with Ernesto Laclau of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (Verso, London, 1985) and the author of The Return of the Political (Verso, London, 1993), The Democratic Paradox (Verso, London, 2000), On the Political (Routledge. London, 2005), Agonistics. Thinking the World Politically (Verso, 2013) and with Inigo Errejon, Podemos. In the Name of the People (Lawrence & Wishart, 2016)


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