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DSPO 2450A - Radical Challenges to Liberal Democracy

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


No specific requirements

Course Description

If human relations cannot be thought to be the product of practical reason, if in other words they are seen exclusively as power relations, liberal institutions start appearing as a smokescreen hiding the true reality of the political struggle (that of classes, or that of races to take only two of the most usual examples). These opinions are not only external threats to a model that would otherwise be healthy. The challenge they constitute to the truthfulness of the system we live in is on the contrary linked to our own doubt. It is because that system has become questionable to ourselves that we are incapable, either in theory or practice, of disproving them in a decisive way. Which why it is so crucial for the defense of liberal democracy that we be taught by the ones (Marx, Marcuse, Schmitt, Heidegger etc.) who carried furthest the questioning of its legitimacy.


CARRE, Alexis S. (Doctorant)

Course validation

1 essay ; 1 presentation ; Participation.

Additional required reading

  • Houellebecq, Michel, 2015, Submission.
  • Krasznahorkai, Laszlo, 1989, The Melancholy of Resistance
  • Nabokov, Vladimir, 1947, Bend Sinister
  • Lang, Fritz, 1927, Metropolis
  • Kalatozov, Mikhaïl, 1964, Soy Cuba.