Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

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Philosophy and Philosophy of Science Philosophy and Philosophy of Science


New Political Order - Radical Change or Transformation?
20 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020
Course directors:
David Rasmussen, Boston College, United States
Gerard Raulet, Maison des sciences de l homme, France
Dragica Vujadinović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Hauke Brunkhorst, University of Flensburg, Germany
Course description:

There is much evidence that the problems which affect everybody on earth, are growing rapidly in number and in scale. To mention only the most urgent ones such as (1) the unresolved problems of financialized globalization which at the top of the agenda since the biggest crisis of the global age from September 2008 and its aftermath. (2) The unresolved problems of quickly accelerating climate-change. (3) The unresolved problems of the deep crisis of inter- and transnational law, which has lost not only its always precarious capacity to enforce peace against powerful state-actors who don’t care about international law any longer; or when it comes to compliance with global jus cogence and human rights norms as for example in the so called crisis of migration in the European South; not to talk about the crisis of democracy which in the course of globalization also has become a problem of inter- and transnational law. The mere size and urgency of the problems probably indicates the need for a new political order of the globe. However, the blockade of agency in the (half national and half transnational/ regional/global) present system of politics, legislation and jurisdiction seems to make problem solving ever more impossible. What to be done? Are there perspectives of radical or revolutionary change beyond the present system, and if, which ones? Or can the capacity for radical reformism or transformation that is still a characteristic of the existing system of parliamentary democracy be re-activated, and how?