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The Unknown Girl Avalon Theater 5612 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20015
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Cynthia Fleury

Cynthia Fleury is an Associate Professor at The American University of Paris. Her research, which centers on the tools that can be used to regenerate and regulate democracy, considers the impact of information and communication technologies on stakeholders and decision-making in democratic systems. Fleury has published Les pathologies de la démocratie, Imagination, imaginaire, imaginal, La Fin du courage : la reconquête d'une vertu démocratique, and Les Irremplaçables.


About the book: Les Irremplaçables

We are not replaceable. The rule of law is nothing without the irreplaceability of individuals. The individual, so described, is often seen defined as responsible for the fragmentation of the public sphere, as the despiser of the values and principles of the rule of law. Yet democracy is nothing without the sustainability of free subjects, nothing without the engagement of individuals, without their determination to protect its durability. It is not its normalization – nor the individuals tricked by it – that protects democracy. Protecting democracy, already having the desire and the need for it, presumes that the notion of individuation – and not of individualism – will be put into practice by individuals. ‘One should be concerned about the rule of law, just as he is concerned about himself’ is both a philosophical and a political challenge. In a social world, where the passion for power reigns as if it were another name for Reality, the challenge of a democratic consolidation invites us to overtake the religion that remains.



PROGRAM

Jan.25: Toronto

Jan 26-29: New York


PROPOSED TALK

Democratic Entropy and the Tools for Democratic Regulation

What does democratic entropy mean, exactly? If we are referring to Tocqueville, the answer is simple: it refers to a tragic equation of democratic principles; in sum, all principles growing extreme when put into democratic practice. For example, liberty becomes omnipotence, equality becomes egalitarianism, and individuation becomes individualism. How do we currently define the condition of democracy? And what tools are available to bridge the gap between democratic principles and practices? Institutional tools are needed, surely, but also tools for citizens, linked to civil society. 

 


 

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