Accueil > State Neutrality, from Tolerance to Nihilism


Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The modern State was founded on the ruins of the medieval world torn apart by religious strife. Its attempt to to organize collective action rationally led to the exclusion of previously core matters from the scope of public decision. From that derives much of what makes Western societies what they are today (the distinction between public and private realm, the rule of law, tolerance, natural and human rights, etc.). Yet, State neutrality also impregnates much of what threatens the stability and legitimacy of our political system: technocracy, relativism, totalitarianism or in one word, nihilism. Our goal will be to determine to what extent the crisis of modernity enables us to understand its founding, our founding in a new problematic way.


CARRE, Alexis S. (Doctorant)

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