Throughout the world we are facing the demise of democratic hope. The great American intellectual Richard Rorty has referred to this hope by quoting from Walt Whitman's Democratic Vistas, taking democracy in his own way as an eschatological event. We also know that for John Dewey, in a similarly idiosyncratic manner, the idea of democracy was linked to great ideals of a religious life. In this lecture I reflect on the ethical and spiritual foundations of the idea of democracy, defending democracy as a moral ideal and human value that is in urgent need of nurturing in these turbulent times.
Professor Lenart Škof
The School of Philosophy is pleased to be hosting a visit from Lenart Škof, Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Institute for Philosophical Studies at the Science and Research Centre of Koper, Slovenia. Full biography available on the website.
About the Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value
The Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value is hosted by the ACU School of Philosophy, and was first held in 2000, an initiative of Professor Raimond Gaita. It is a public lecture held annually in Brisbane and Melbourne. Each year, a distinguished international scholar is invited to give a public lecture and academic seminar at ACU. The lectures are not intended to be a forum for engaging specifically with the work of Simone Weil, but are inspired by Weil's commitment to recognising the full humanity of our fellow human being, by her moral idealism and by her commitment to social justice issues.