Prof. Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo joins the Serious Times Lecture Series this September
ANTONIO Y. VÁZQUEZ-ARROYO joins JEREMY COHAN and the SERIOUS TIMES LECTURE SERIES, September 2016.
Prof. Vázquez-Arroyo, faculty in the Critical Theory and the Arts program, will field responses from the seminar to his new book, “Political Responsibility: Responding to Predicaments of Power.” The book asks why so many efforts at political thought today end up in moralisms—which are, at best, well-meaning but empty, and at worst, shields for power and interest. The book answers: By replacing politics with ethics, and by abstracting away from history, most contemporary efforts of political philosophy fail to comprehend or change the political world they take as their object. Through analyzing and contextualizing major contemporary American, British, and Continental political philosophers, Vázquez-Arroyo develops his own approach, a political philosophy that can confront honestly the real dilemmas of collective action, history, power, and responsibility.
Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark. He has written on Theodor W. Adorno, democracy, liberalism and neoliberalism, political responsibility, Simone Weil, Sheldon S. Wolin, universal history and postcolonial theory, and US imperialism. He is affiliated with the interdisciplinary research network Antropolítica, based at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.
In addition to his scholarly work, Prof. Vázquez-Arroyo writes a monthly column titled “El diario de Clov” for http://www.antenapr.com.