As part of the spring 2018 Tocqueville Lecture Series, a JMC partner program, the Ostram Workshop at Indiana University Blooming will host a lecture by William Scheuerman on civil disobedience, the topic of his new book.
Friday, February 16, 2018 • 12:00PM—2:00PM
Ostrom Workshop, 513 N. Park, Indiana University Bloomington
In his new book, William Scheuerman systematically analyzes the most important interpretations of civil disobedience. Drawing out the striking di erences separating religious, liberal, radical democratic, and anarchist views, he nonetheless shows that core commonalities remain. Against those who water down the idea of civil disobedience or view it as obsolescent, Scheuerman tries to salvage its central elements. The concept of civil disobedience, he argues, remains a pivotal tool for anyone hoping to bring about political and social change.
Scheuerman’s book (Polity Press, 2018) will be critically discussed by Maeve Cooke (University of Dublin, Ireland) and Jeffrey Isaac (Indiana University). Scheuerman will then respond.
Bill Scheuerman’s primary research and teaching interests are in modern political thought, German political thought, democratic theory, legal theory, and international political theory. After teaching at Pittsburgh and Minnesota, he joined the Indiana faculty in 2006. Bill’s most recent book is Civil Disobedience (Polity Press, 2018). He is also the author of Between the Norm and the Exception: The Frankfurt School and the Rule of Law (MIT, 1994), which won two prestigious awards, as well as Carl Schmitt: The End of Law (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), Liberal Democracy and the Social Acceleration of Time (Johns Hopkins, 2004), Frankfurt School Perspectives on Globalization, Democracy, and the Law (Routledge 2008), Hans J. Morgenthau: Realism and Beyond (Polity, 2009), and The Realist Case for Global Reform (Polity, 2011).
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