Book launch: Democracy and Revolutionary Politics

You are kindly invited to the book launch of "Democracy and Revolutionary Politics" (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015) by Prof. Dr. Neera Chandhoke (University of Delhi, Department of political science & Developing Countries Research Centre).

Democracy and political violence can hardly be considered conceptual siblings, at least at first sight. Democracy allows people to route their aspirations, demands, and expectations of the state through peaceful methods; violence works outside these prescribed and institutionalized channels in public spaces, in the streets, in the forests and in inhospitable terrains. But can committed democrats afford to ignore the fact that violence has become a routine way of doing politics in countries such as India? By exploring the concept of political violence from the perspective of critical political theory, Neera Chandhoke investigates its nature, justification and contradictions. She uses the case study of Maoist revolutionaries in India to globalize and relocate the debate alongside questions of social injustice, exploitation, oppression and imperfect democracies. As such, this is an important and much-needed contribution to the dialogue surrounding revolutionary violence.

Introduction: Dr. Péter Losonczi (KU Leuven, Institute of Philosophy)
Chair: Prof. Dr. Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven)

When? Wednesday 18 February 2015, 5-7pm
Where? MSI 03.12, Erasmusplein 2, Leuven

Registration: Participation is free, but prior registration is required at (before 16 February 2015)

Prof Chandhoke is the guest of RIPPL HIW on the occasion of their Workshop on the Political Philosophy of Federalism