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The many faces of neoliberalism

15-06-2017 @ 15:30 - 17:00


Neoliberalism, unexpectedly and unavoidably, has many faces. On June 15 Thomas Biebricher, (professor in political theory and philosophy at Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M., Germany) will present his thoughts on the many faces of neoliberalism. He does so on the invitation of the Foundation Critical Ethics of Care and his presentation will take place at VU Amsterdam. Prof. dr. Andries Baart and prof. dr. Govert Buijs will respond to his lecture. Some of Biebricher’s key articles have been translated into Dutch and a book with a collection of articles will become available on june 15.

Unexpected and unavoidable: The many faces of neoliberalism

Has the hegemony of neoliberalism finally run its course? Domains such as health care, welfare, education, and even representative democracy itself have been invaded by neoliberal solutions. We were told we needed a smaller state, responsible citizens and effective markets.

The German political theorist Thomas Biebricher argues that the neoliberal project is far from being a thing of the past. He contends that it is continuing in different guises. Neoliberalism is alive and kicking, forging coalitions with newly emerging movements.

Why is this so? Because the problems identified by neoliberal protagonists in the 1930s and 1940s remain to be solved. The democratic state and the economy are officially governed by liberal principles, such as individual freedoms, contract theory, and self-regulating markets. However, these principles appear to be impotent to regulate the economy in times of ‘extreme capitalism’ and economic crisis. Similarly, democracy is being challenged by discontent and fear, and it seems to be paralyzed. The ‘reason’ for neoliberalism is far from gone…

Here you will find Biebricher’s introduction to the collection of articles: a sneak preview. See also the flyer of the event


15:30 - 17:00


CLUE+ in collaboration with the department of Philosophy of Free University (VU)


Vrije Universiteit
Boelelaan 1105 The Netherlands room 11A-33
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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