Join the first JCU Critical Theory seminar of SP2 2017 - a discussion of Etienne de la Boetie's Discourse on Voluntary Servitude and Eric Lordon's Willing Slaves of Capital.

When 27 July 2017
from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where TSV: 9-2, CNS: B1-103
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De la Boetie's Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, penned 450 years ago, asks one of the central questions in political philosophy:  why do people consent to their own enslavement? Why do people everywhere through time obey the commands of the government, which is always only a minority of the society? This question is as pertinent now as ever when the line between authoritarian and democratic rule is ever harder to parse. Thinking about de la Boetie now raises a number of questions: Is freedom passe? How is consent to be understood? What constitutes civil disobedience? What pleasures are involved in servility and conformity? How far can we take Lordon's 'pleasures of servile consumption' into the realms of citizenship, government and rights?