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Elsa Dorlin (Paris 8): The Police and the Violence of the Democratic State
The Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought at Goldsmiths, University of London cordially invites you to its Lecture Series 20/21 on "Critiques of Violence":

The Police and the Violence of the Democratic State
Elsa Dorlin (Paris 8)

Wednesday, 2 December 2020
4:00-6:00pm GMT

Toward the Critique of Violence is never cited in Se défendre, and yet this reference is there as a foundation, an inaugural starting point: as a fictitious dialogue between Walter Benjamin (and Sorel) and Frantz Fanon. In this presentation, I would like to unfold this silent reference and extend the reflections of Se défendre by attempting to write what could be the last "missing" chapter of the book. A ghost chapter on the present, on the immediate reality from which I had deliberately kept myself at a distance, so difficult it is to think when our thoughts are glued to the present. At the crossroads of the present, I find Benjamin facing the democratic state, its police and their founding or constitutive violence; I find the French State and its police and the question: how to depose them?

Dec 2, 2020 04:00 PM in London

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