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"Understanding & Acting" conference

What alternative to the “crisis of representation”?

Lecture by Jean-Paul Jouary, Associate Professor and Doctor of Philosophy, Senior Chair Professor, and author of some thirty books, including Rousseau, citoyen du futur and Mandela, une philosophie en actes.

What we commonly call democracy today is essentially "representative democracy", which consists of citizens electing one or more people who will decide the fate of all for a certain period of time. A free dispossession of power in favor of "representatives". But what does "re-presenting" mean? We know what it means with regard to an absent person, a minor child or a mentally insane person, but what does it mean for a people? This form of democracy is visibly in crisis, while various new forms of political existence are developing. Is there an alternative to "representative democracy"?

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