[SydPhil] FW: ŒSo, what?¹ Public Lecture, Professor Miguel Vatter, Wednesday 7 October

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Subject: ‘So, what?’ Public Lecture, Professor Miguel Vatter, Wednesday 7 October

So, what? Public Lecture Series

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So, what? Public Lecture Series

We invite you to join us for the fourth lecture of our 2015 series:

Professor Miguel Vatter[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/ce2b24ac496198804ce9e22c5/images/0e52793b-f968-4a64-a309-b26d035fcdb5.jpg]
UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

"So, what is Civil Religion and
why does it matter?"

Wednesday 7 October, 6pm
Tyree Room,
John Niland Scientia Building
UNSW Kensington (map ref G19)

Abstract: During the last few decades, liberal democracies which have tried to make religion merely a private matter have encountered difficulties in containing the unsuspected appeal of religious fundamentalisms. However, the tradition of republican political thought has developed an alternative idea of a public religion that is compatible with democracy, a conception which it calls "civil religion". In this lecture Professor Vatter will discuss this idea,and show its relevance for today's debate on the role of religion in democracy.
Biography: Miguel Vatter is Professor of Political Science at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. His current areas of research and publication are Machiavelli, Kant, republicanism, biopolitics, and political theology. He is the author most recently of Machiavelli's The Prince. A Reader's Guide (2013), The Republic of the Living: Biopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society (2014), and with Vanessa Lemm The Government of Life: Foucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism (2014). He is co-founder and director of a biopolitics research network, www.biopolitica.org<http://www.biopolitica.org/>  an international research network dedicated to the study of biopolitics from interdisciplinary perspectives.

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Upcoming So, what? Lectures:

Professor Samuel Weber
Northwestern University
“Nietzsche’s “Eternal Return”: So What?”
Tuesday 8 December
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