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Liberalism is held responsible for many of our global problems, particularly social inequality. Liberalism is also the main enemy of a global authoritarianism that has defined its political project as “illiberal democracy”. As it seems, Mussolini’s statement from the 1920s that all present political experiments are anti-liberal has become true again. This constellation invites to take a fresh look at the potentials of liberal theory, a perspective that accepts its share of responsibility for colonialism, hyper-capitalism and other phenomena, but that also notes that much of what is criticized about liberalism today is an invention of the twentieth century: from liberalism’s alleged opposition to state regulation to its adoration of individualism. Many progressive political and social projects were born out of liberal ideas. Therefore, it may be easier to disdain liberalism than to abandon it, and it may be time for a concept of liberalism that allocates its political potential not in individual action, but in the systemic ability to empower collective political action and social mobility by means of open procedures. A different liberalism should be reclaimed. By drawing especially on contributions from the American pragmatist John Dewey, the talk will outline such a reinterpretation of a great and diverse intellectual tradition.
The DFG is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities. In organisational terms, the DFG is an association under private law. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities.
The DFG receives the large majority of its funds from the federal government and the states, which are represented in all grants committees. At the same time, the voting system and procedural regulations guarantee science-driven decisions.
About Azim Premji University:
Azim Premji University was established in Karnataka by the Azim Premji University Act 2010 as a not-for-profit University and is recognized by The University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2F.
The beginnings of the University are in the learning and experience of a decade of work in elementary education by the Azim Premji Foundation. The University was founded as one of the key responses to the constraints and challenges that the Foundation encountered both within and in the environment, and as part of a larger strategy to contribute to the Education and Development sectors in the country
Prof. Christoph Möllers
Christoph Möllers, Dr. jur. (Munich), LL.M. (Chicago) is a Professor of Public Law and Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, Humboldt-University Berlin. He was a Fellow at NYU School of Law and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and was a judge at the Superior Administrative Court in Berlin. His main interests include German, European and comparative constitutional law, regulated industries, democratic theory in public law, and the theory of normativity.