Workshop

The Methodological Relevance of Reconstruction in Democratic Theory

WP 1 - Theoretical framework

WP 1 events

Oslo, 26-27 May 2011

 

Venue: Johan P. Olsen room, ARENA, Sognsveien 68 (2nd floor)

Workshop organisers: Daniel Gaus (ARENA, University of Oslo) and Christoph Humrich (InIIS, University of Bremen).

 

Workshop summary (D90) (pdf)

The aim of this workshop is to shed light on the disciplinary divide between normative political theory and empirical political science. Democracy as an idea is almost exclusively discussed within political theory, whereas democracy as a political practice is largely covered by empirically oriented political science. To determine whether and how democracy can be preserved at the European or global level, we need to know more about how democracy as idea actually works in the political practice of current democratic societies, and how it is engrained in the presuppositions and practices of modern governance. The workshop will bring together 10-14 scholars from political science, philosophy and sociology.

Workshop outline


Organised by ARENA - Centre for European Studies in cooperation with the Research Programme on Democracy at the University of Oslo. 

The workshop takes place within the framework of RECON's work package 1 'Theoretical Framework'. Read more on the research objectives of WP 1 and on the overall research objectives of RECON.

 

Programme


Thursday, 26 May 2011


12:00-12:30

Introduction
Daniel Gaus, ARENA, University of Oslo
Christoph Humrich, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

12:30:13:30

Kant and Habermas on Law: Normative Justification vs. Functional Explanation
Kjartan Koch-Mikalsen, University of Trondheim

13:30-14:30
Lunch break

14:30-15:30

Habermas and the Philosophy/Science Interplay
Jørgen Pedersen, University of Bergen

15:30-16:30

Research Programmes, Rational Reconstruction
Christoph Humrich, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

16:30-17:45

Democracy from Within: The Methodological Reconstruction of the Practice of Democratic Ideals in Axel Honneth’s Theory of Recognition
Odin Lysaker, University of Oslo

20:00

Dinner

 

Friday, 27 May 2011



09:15-10:15

Reconstructing “What the People Think” – Nationally and Globally
Andreas Busen, University of Hamburg

10:15-11:15

About the role of examples in political philosophy (title to be delivered)
Cathrine Holst, ARENA, University of Oslo

11:15-11:30

Coffee break

11:30-12:30

The Nation: A Comparative Reconstruction
Tania Mancheno, University of Hamburg

12:30-13:30

Lunch break

13:30-14:30

The Utopian Society Needs no Utopia – Reconstruction of the Dissolution of Sociality in Thomas More’s “Utopia”
Oliver Schmidtke, University of Frankfut

14:30-15:30

In Search of a Democratisation of Global Governance: A Reconstructive Approach
Ulrich Franke, University of Bielefield

15:30-15:45

Coffee break

15:45-16:45

The European Union Regarded from the Viewpoint of Radical Democracy
Emanuel Richter, University of Aachen

16:45-17:15

Conclusion

 

 

For further information, please contact Daniel Gaus, ARENA: daniel.gaus(at)arena.uio.no or Christoph Humrich, University of Bremen: christoph.humrich(at)iniis.uni-bremen.de