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Docile Individuals? Keynote: “Tyranny and the Fate of Democratic Individuality”

General Programming

December 9, 2016

Docile Individuals? Privacy, Community, & State
Friday, October 14, 2016 - Saturday, October 15, 2016
Columbia University

Keynote speech: “Tyranny and the Fate of Democratic Individuality”
George Kateb (Princeton University)
In conditions of shrinking private liberty and growing public apathy and personal anomie, what is meaningful individuality? How is individual freedom to be thought fruitfully in the face of the threat of surveillance, by the state as well as private actors? What are origins of individual docility, and possible sources of resistance? This conference brings together scholars from various fields to examine in an interdisciplinary discussion the meaning of individuality and individual liberty in today’s society.