Book Symposium on Elvira Basevich's "A Duboisian Democracy: On Method, Practice, and Revolution"

Apr 14, 2023, 9:00 am5:00 pm
Open to Princeton University ID Holders and Other Academic Affiliates


Event Description

ABSTRACT: In her book, A Duboisian Democracy: On Method, Practice, and Revolution, Basevich remedies a lacuna in contemporary philosophical scholarship. She argues that philosophers can glean conceptual resources from Du Bois’s writings from his early and middle periods (1903-1940) to theorize the construction, acquisition, and revolutionary implementation of the requirements of justice in the context of the color line. On a Duboisian reframing, actual deliberative agents confront circumstances in which neither public institutions nor the sensibilities of their civic fellows are reliably responsive to them. The upshot is that a Duboisian democracy entails three essential features for democratic practices to yield justice: (i.) the method of impure democratic proceduralism, (ii.) the grassroots practice of democratic engagement, and (iii.) the strategic use of political violence to instantiate democratic proceduralism in a white-controlled polity. 

Elvira Basevich is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values. Her research areas are social and political philosophy, Africana philosophy, and late modern German philosophy, especially Kant, Hegel, and Marx. Her essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Kantian Review, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Critical Philosophy of Race, Journal of Political Philosophy, and Social Theory & Practice.

Alex Guerrero (Rutgers University)
Frank Kirkland (CUNY)
Jordan Pascoe (Manhattan College)
Philip Yuare (Virginia Tech)

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