2017 Davis Chair Lecture: A World of Everyone and No One: The Return of Piracy and the New Global Disorder

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Speaker(s): Professor Daniel Innerarity

Event Type: Lecture

Date and Time: Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Regents Hall, 550, 3700 O St. NW

Today’s world is full of paradoxes, many of which could be summarized by the idea that it is everyone’s world and no one’s.  I propose we understand this new constellation—the dialectic between everyone and no one—as the condition that explains what we could, without metaphoric exaggeration, call the return of piracy in the global era.  In a world in which the economy is largely deterritorialized and interdependencies aggravate our common vulnerability, there is no solution except movement toward global governance. What we could call civilizing globalization is nothing but the reinvention of politics on a global scale in such a way that the world stops having owners and moves toward becoming a space for the citizenry.

Daniel Innerarity is a professor of political and social philosophy, “Ikerbasque” researcher at the University of the Basque Country and director of the Instituto de Gobernanza Democrática (www.globernance.org). A former Robert Schuman Visiting Professor in the European University Institute of Florence, Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Munich and visiting professor at the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne.

He was awarded with the Miguel de Unamuno Essay Prize, the 2003 National Literature Prize in the Essay category, the Espasa Essay Prize and the Euskadi Essay Prize. He has also received the Prize for Humanities, Culture, Arts and Social Sciences from the Basque Studies Society/Eusko Ikaskuntza in 2008 and the Príncipe de Viana Culture Prize 2013.

This event is sponsored by the GU Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese and the GU Dept. of Government