6.00 PM to 7.30 PM
Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Building, State Library of New South Wales
Cost: Adults $15, Friends and Concessions $10.
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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
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.