In the last few years, philosopher A.C. Grayling has looked at the signs of decay of many democracies around the world and has finally paused to reflect, what makes a good state?
Urged by the latest events in the UK, USA, Latin America, Russia and the Middle East, Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. He believes that the foundations upon which our democracies stand are inherently flawed and vulnerable to corrosion from within.
He’ll join us in Brussels to discuss the reforms needed to create democracies that are fit for purpose and for our time.Bring your voice to our conversation on democratic reform in the contemporary world.
AC Grayling is an outstanding British philosopher and public intellectual, as well as a prolific author (over 40 books) and frequent writer, columnist, broadcaster and commentator on all of the main national media in the United Kingdom. He contributes to the ongoing reflection on how we should live and about possibilities for good lives in good societies.
In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. He was previously Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, where he taught from 1991. He is also a supernumerary fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He has been a judge on the Booker Prize twice, in 2015 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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