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Workshops & seminars, Conferences & lectures

Dangerous Minds: Making more sense of the far right

with Dr. Ronald Beiner, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto Mississauga
Date and time
Date & time

October 18, 2019
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where
Where

Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve W.
Sir George Williams Campus

Cost
Cost

Participants must register to attend: Register here

Wheelchair accessible
Wheelchair accessible

Yes

Speaker(s)
Speaker(s)

Dr. Ronald Beiner
Professor and Interim Chair, Political Science, University of Toronto Mississauga

Contact
Contact

WSSR Coordinator
514-848-2424 x5473

The purpose of the workshop is to take another, more sober look at two philosophers who are perennial favourites within the contemporary academy: Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger. For decades it has been assumed by intellectuals on the left that these two powerful thinkers can be key resources for progressive and egalitarian politics. That assumption is very much in need of careful re-examination in light of the recent and quite alarming return of far-right politics. The contemporary alt-right has its own intellectuals, who very much pride themselves on being an intellectual vanguard. There is a far-right canon.

Beiner, in his book Dangerous Minds, cites a book review on a far-right website that offers the following list of intellectual beacons for the alt-right: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, Alain de Benoist, Guillaume Faye, and Alexander Dugin. The question for participants in the workshop is: In this new context of seemingly resurgent fascism, or “fascoid” populism, can we continue to read thinkers like Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Schmitt without giving renewed scrutiny to their relevance for the radical right?




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