CRITICAL THEORY AND RADICAL POLITICS
WORKSHOP & PUBLIC LECTURE
Grand Parade University of Brighton
When Is Disagreement Meaningful?
30thMay | Pavilion Parade G7 | 6pm – 7.30pm
In the workshop we will discuss these two texts: Robert J. Fogelin’s “The Logic of Deep Disagreements,” and Jacques Rancière’s “The Rationality of Disagreement” in Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy. Our aim will be to understand the conflict between these opposing theories of the meaning of disagreement. We will assess Fogelin’s distinction between deep and normal disagreement, as well as his claim that deep disagreements arise from conflicts between opposing ‘forms of life’ that cannot be reconciled. We will also identify and consider the third way Rancière promises for resolving the dilemma between rational communication and mere violence and conflict, which he calls politics, as well as question the possibility of the strict distinction between politics and policing he proposes.