IRAKLI DEKANOZISHVILI: “Recognition as a Paradigm of the Social: From Microphysics of Power to Biopolitical Governmentality”


On April 17 took place research colloquium of Savle Tsereteli Institute of Philosophy, where Irakli Dekanozishvili presented his research-in-progress on the following topic: “Recognition as a Paradigm of the Social: From Microphysics of Power to Biopolitical Governmentality”.


In order to fully grasp the actual challenges in social and political sphere one should be aware of the importance of recognition in its practical sense. The lack of recognition of one's dignity and identity is often a main cause for social conflicts and resentments. The perception of a society as a whole and intersubjectively connected becomes less and less real as in most western societies problems like anti-immigration and nationalist populism are rising. Gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity are the factors based on which recognition takes place. This is obviously a crisis of the modern liberal democracy, which is no more able to provide a universal recognition for its own citizens. In my talk, I try to a) find some authentic roots of the idea of recognition in Hegel's political philosophy and b) revitalise this concept in the light of i) the theory of Strategic and Communicative actions coming from Habermas and ii) the concept of Biopolitical Governmentality based on Foucault. What I fundamentally suggest is that both Habermas and Foucault lack certain amount of pragmatic and ethical view of the social and that only via both Strategic and Communicative actions is it possible to really solve the actual challenges modern western democracies face nowadays.

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