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Published on Jul 16, 2009
Simon Critchley, professor of philosophy, at The New School for Social Research (http://www.newschool.edu/nssr) discusses the subject of democracy through the current presidential elections and focuses on one of the candidates. The lecture is entitled "Barack Obama and the American Void", and will examine Obama's subjectivity, the existential detachment that seems to haunt him, and its relation to democracy. His research focuses on the history of philosophy, literature, ethics, and politics.
Each year an inaugural lecture launches the Vera List Center's annual theme, defining the intellectual territory that the center will explore in public programs. This year's theme is Branding Democracy. The lecturer introduces the theme in the broadest sense, serving as a guide to the range and richness of the topic at hand and rooting the concept within The New School's intellectual tradition. (http://www.newschool.edu)
* Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall. 09/18/2008 6:30 p.m.