On Deliberation without Democracy and Property without an Owner

The lecture focused on selective experiments in real-world politics and investigate the political philosophies that normatively sustain them. It looked at two experiments in the People’s Republic of China, one of which – in Zeguo on ‘deliberative democracy’ – has greatly attracted the attention of contemporary political philosophers, the other – in Chongqing on the co-development of public ownership and private business – has not. The speaker argued that while deliberation without democracy leads to a dead-end, property without an owner is an idea whose time might have come.

Ralph Weber is Assistant Professor of European Global Studies at the Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel. He studied at the University of St. Gallen and the Graduate Institute of International Studies at Geneva. After research stays at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Peking University he obtained his doctorate at the University of St. Gallen in 2007, where he has also continued to teach the history of political ideas and political theory. He is the book review editor (Europe) of Philosophy East and West. His research work has been published in journals like the Journal of Chinese PhilosophyInternational Journal of the Classical TraditionEuropean Journal of International Relations, and The European Legacy.

Arindam Chakrabarti is the Rajni Kothari Chair in Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Friday, 4 September 2015
4 pm, CSDS Seminar Room