Fila Sophia

applied philosophy, deep democracy, sustainability / by A.R.Teleb

Minipublics beyond representation

First posted on Equality by Lot on Oct 8 Now that minipublics are no longer limited to local level “experiments” but are regularly involved in consequential political occasions, constitutional amendments … Continue reading

2019-12-09 · Leave a comment

Trump To Sanders: Does the New US Political Spectrum Mean a Renaissance of Democracy?

Short answer is yes. Rather than a “crisis” of representative democracy as so many journalists and academics have contended since 2016, the recent opening up of the political spectrum in … Continue reading

2019-12-06 · Leave a comment

First German National Citizens’ Assembly on DemoPart: the Rise of the “Alloted Citizen”

Originally posted on Equality by lot:
On September 28 in Leipzig, “Phase 2” of the first ever German citizens’ assembly “Bürgerrat Demokratie” concluded its second and last weekend of deliberation…

2019-10-04 · Leave a comment

The Making of Homo Probabilis

A review of Ivan Ascher’s Portfolio Society Ascher, Ivan. 2016. Portfolio society: on the capitalist mode of prediction. New York: Zone books. Portfolio society is such a well-written book of … Continue reading

2016-12-22 · Leave a comment

How We Will Come to Appreciate Donald Trump

Sometimes the sense of external oppression acts as a challenge and arouses intellectual energy and excites courage. – John Dewey The United States will experience a significant economic boom over the … Continue reading

2016-11-24 · Leave a comment

The Silver Lining: Twelve Gifts from Trump to Progressives

A shorter version appeared on openDemocracy here. Now that they have had some time to mourn, clamor, or lick their wounds, progressives should begin to see the silver lining from … Continue reading

2016-11-16 · Leave a comment

Islamophobia Lite or Trump’s Academic Enablers

A review of Kelsay’s Islam & War John Kelsay. 1993. Islam and War. Westminster John Knox Press. As we reflect on the increased visibility of racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and anti-semitic … Continue reading

2016-11-11 · Leave a comment