Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, University of Pardubice is pleased to announce the workshop
Disagreement, (in)tolerance and political discourse
12th – 14th September 2019
Pardubice, Czech Republic
The recent global rise of populism goes hand in hand with an increasing polarisation of society. The radicalisation of disagreeing parties is sharpened not only by ever-more diverging political opinions, but also by underlying negative emotions. These developments are having a direct impact on the public sphere. Discussions that could have ended in fruitful exchange of arguments only two decades ago end now with irreconcilable conflict, mutual repulsion or contemptuous avoidance. Instead of embracing tolerance, understanding, openness and curiosity in view of difference, presumably open and pluralist liberal societies are instead filled with distrust, suspicion and enmity. Contrary to democratic respect for the other’s opinion and openness to reason and argument, we see escalating negative emotions and a lack of honest discussion. Are we witnessing the decline of deliberative democracy? Has the populist demagoguery, conspiracy theorising and scapegoating crippled public discourse?
The presentations and discussions during the workshop will consider possible attitudes to political disagreement and difference and the ways in which they are influenced by negative political emotions. The workshop hosts contributions from researchers working in the fields related to the theme, including political philosophy, but also political science (the study of populism and democracy), moral psychology (the study of emotions, attitudes and relationships), rhetoric (the study of demagoguery), epistemology (the study of disagreement and belief polarisation), social science and social psychology.
Anna Durnová (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)
Emotions, Democracy and the Post-Factual Threat to Expertise
Anna Elisabetta Galeotti (University of Eastern Piedmont)
Agent Relative Reasons for Toleration
Andrea Sangiovanni (King’s College London; European University Institute)
Is Europe Unjust?
Sylvie Bláhová (Masaryk University, Brno; Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium)
Pluralism and Diversity: for the sake of Equal Respect
Michael Campbell (University of Pardubice)
Public Reason in an Age of Inequality
Lester Chen (Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam)
Is It Possible to Be a Tolerant Racist?
Petra Chudárková and Filip Tvrdý (Palacký University, Olomouc)
Cognitive and Moral Laziness
Erik Hallstensson (Uppsala University)
Epistemic Relations and Political Disagreement
Nora Hämäläinen (University of Pardubice)
A Case of Moral Change: LGBTQ-Rights Lessons vs. Religious Dogmatism
Pavol Hardoš (Comenius University, Bratislava)
Political Correctness as a Discursive Instrument of Conservative Rhetoric
Zora Hesová (Charles University in Prague)
Are “Culture Wars” about Values in Politics or about Politics of Values?
Tim Heysse (KU Leuven)
Theory, Disagreement, Power
Kanako Ide (Soka University, Tokyo)
Acrobatic Friendship among Philanthropists under the Condition of Polarity
Kristina Khutsishvili (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa)
Political Emotions and Identities
Sebastián Rudas (University of São Paulo)
Conservative Religious Coalitions in Parliament and the Duties of Public Reason
Hugo Strandberg (University of Pardubice)
On Moral and Political Disagreement
Regine Torbjørnsen (Humboldt University of Berlin)
Extreme Opinions in the Digital Public Sphere and the Potential for Habermasian Critique
Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon (University of Pardubice)
Grief, Politics, and Moral Imagination
Özgür Yalçın (Istanbul Arel University)
Political Conflict in Rawls’s Just Democracy and Mouffe’s Radical Democracy
The historical building of the University of Pardubice, nám. Čs. legií 565, Pardubice, Room 03004.
Matej Cíbik, Kamila Pacovská.
Attendance is free of charge. Registration is not necessary, but if you know in advance that you are coming, please let us know (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
For further information please e-mail Kamila Pacovská.