המשבר של המערב מאז 9/11
The Crisis of the West Since 9/11
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After the fall of the Berlin Wall it seemed for a decade, that history had come to an end (Francis Fukuyama), and that Western values of individual liberty, representative democracy and free markets were about to conquer the world without firing a single shot. The fifteen years since 9/11 have led to a very different view shared by many political thinkers: as predicted by Huntington, we are bound to live in a multipolar world in which western liberalism competes with a variety of autocratic regime forms (Russia, China), theocratic regimes (Iran, Saudi Arabia) and a number of mixed models.
The course will focus on the ensuing discussion about if and how the West can defend its values and form of life: Conservatism (Scruton, Finkiekraut); liberal positions (Rorty, Habermas); aggressive defense of enlightenment values (Pascal Bruckner, Christopher Hitchens); capitalist views of the West (Niall Ferguson) and the indefensibility of Western Liberalism (John Gray).
After a few introductory lectures, the course will be based on weekly readings. Each participant is expected to present once during the semester, and all participants are to write one or two pages of reflections on the weekly readings as a basis for class discussion.