[SydPhil] [Sydney Seminar] Gianni Vattimo: Politics in the Era of its Technical Neutralization

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The Philosophy Research Initiative at the University of Western Sydney and the State Library of New South Wales present a Sydney Seminar on the Arts and Philosophy:

Sydney Seminar 23

Gianni Vattimo: "Politics in the Era of its Technical Neutralization"

November 29
6.00 PM to 7.30 PM

Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Building, State Library of New South Wales

Cost: Adults $15, Friends and Concessions $10.
Booking essential: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/events_talks/events/sydney_seminar_gianni_vattimo.html

Neutralization is a political phenomenon which is spreading across many countries, Italy being an example. If it happens that the main political parties cannot form a coalition or find an agreement, they delegate the political decisions to so-called 'experts' or 'technicians', usually economists. However, technicians are not "neutral" as they pretend to be: they represent the official science and inevitably tend to the conservation of the status quo. Democracy is seriously threatened by this phenomenon.


Chair                          Alex Ling

6:05 pm                     Welcome by Dimitris Vardoulakis (director of the Sydney Seminar)

6:10 to 6:55              Gianni Vattimo
Politics in the Era of its Technical Neutralization

6:55 to 7:05              Response by Jeff Malpas

7:05 to 7:30              Question and Answer

Gianni Vattimo is one of the most important living philosophers. He is also a member of the European Parliament. His most recent book, Hermeneutic Communism (2011) was co-authored with Santiago Zabala.

Jeff Malpas is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and author of numerous books on topics in philosophy, art, architecture, and geography.


For more information about the Sydney Seminar for the Arts and Philosophy, please visit: www.sydneyseminar.org<http://www.sydneyseminar.org>

Dr Alex Ling
Research Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies
University of Western Sydney
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith, NSW 2751
Tel: + 61 2 9772 6168 | Fax: + 61 2 9772 6373
Office: 5.G.22 (Bankstown campus)
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