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Paul Patton Lecture

Paul Patton, professor in the School of Humanities at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, will visit UNC on Tuesday, April 2. This free public lecture will take place in the Hyde Hall University Room at 4 pm and will address Foucault and Rawls and their different approaches to political philosophy.

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When Apr 02, 2013
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Hyde Hall University Room
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Paul Patton, professor in the School of Humanities at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, will deliver a lecture on Tuesday, April 2 at 4pm in the Hyde Hall University. This talk is free and open to the public. 

Foucault and Rawls represent very different approaches to political philosophy. Whereas Foucault pursues a resolutely descriptive approach to the techniques, strategies and forms of rationality of sovereign power, Rawls adopts an explicitly normative approach in arguing for principles of justice that should inform the government of society conceived as a fair system of cooperation. In this lecture, Patton suggests that the distance between them is less than might be supposed and that the differences between them are instructive. Rawls reminds us that normative questions are an inescapable dimension of any genealogy of government that aspires to be critical, while Foucault’s historical analysis of governmentality draws attention to a neglected dimension of Rawls’s account of public reason. Both approaches converge on the analysis of particular conceptions of the nature and functions of government, its appropriate institutions and policies, and on the question of principles that might provide an egalitarian framework for government.

Paul Patton

Paul PattonPaul Patton is a professor in the School of Humanities at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Patton received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Sydney, and a Doctorat D'Universite from Paris VIII, (Vincennes). Before he took up his professorship at University of New South Wales in 2002, Patton lectured at the Australian National University, in Canberra, Australia, and the University of Sydney. Patton is a member of the Australasian Association of Philosophy and has published widely on aspects of 20th Century French philosophy, including focus on the works of Deleuze, Derrida and Foucault.