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The future of Belgium: why it is (or should be) of interest to political theorists

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  • Wed 15 Nov 2017 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-11-15 17:00 2017-11-15 19:00 Europe/Paris The future of Belgium: why it is (or should be) of interest to political theorists

"Free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities. Among a people without fellow-feeling, especially if they read and speak different languages, the united public opinion, necessary to the working of representative government, cannot exist.” John Stuart Mill’s famous indictment of multilingual democracies is unwittingly but faithfully echoed in Belgium’s public debate: Belgium does not consist of one, but of two democracies, Flemish nationalists keep insisting. Therefore, the ultimate objective should be for Flanders and Wallonia to become independent nation-states, while jointly governing Brussels. Is there an alternative vision for the future of Belgium and, if so, on what philosophical premises does it rest?

The talk will be based on the draft of a book in progress to be published under the title Belgium. Une utopie pour notre temps / Belgium. Een utopie voor onze tijd.

Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana

"Free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities. Among a people without fellow-feeling, especially if they read and speak different languages, the united public opinion, necessary to the working of representative government, cannot exist.” John Stuart Mill’s famous indictment of multilingual democracies is unwittingly but faithfully echoed in Belgium’s public debate: Belgium does not consist of one, but of two democracies, Flemish nationalists keep insisting. Therefore, the ultimate objective should be for Flanders and Wallonia to become independent nation-states, while jointly governing Brussels. Is there an alternative vision for the future of Belgium and, if so, on what philosophical premises does it rest?

The talk will be based on the draft of a book in progress to be published under the title Belgium. Une utopie pour notre temps / Belgium. Een utopie voor onze tijd.


Location:
Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
Monika Rzemieniecka (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Prof. Philippe van Parijs (Robert Schuman Fellow and Université Catholique de Louvain)
 
 

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