The migration crisis has triggered a shift in politics away from an ethics of ultimate ends to an ethic of responsibility, the question of the ‘we’ to whom we owe solidarity reappearing in pre-political concepts like ethnicity and national culture.
Sociologist and political commentator. Founder and leader of Krytyka Polityczna, a Polish movement of liberal intellectuals, artists and activists, with branches in Ukraine and Russia. Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and president of the Stanislaw Brzozowski Association, overseeing its publishing house, website and cultural centres in Warsaw, Gdansk, Lodz and Cieszyn and Kiev. Graduate of the University of Warsaw; previously fellow at Yale, Princeton, Harvard and the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. Columnist for The International New York Times and now for Project Syndicate; has published articles in The Guardian, El País, Haaretz, Die Tageszeitung and Gazeta Wyborcza.
A conversation with Anton Shekhovtsov
Poland’s turn to the right has refocused attention on the roots of the region’s illiberal democracies. Anton Shekhovtsov considers the implications of these developments for Europe as a whole.
A conversation with Seyla Benhabib
The current crisis is generating the myth of borders as controlled, says Seyla Benhabib. But this is only a myth. It is a fact that states are escaping their obligations under international and European law; while migrants themselves may be helping to keep the social peace between classes.
The challenge for a liberal democracy is to remain as such, argues Charles Taylor in conversation with Slawomir Sierakowski. Western democracies suffer two types deterioration: a misperception of really existing problems and a lack of vital tension between the demos and the government.