The defence of political parties in the modern state is often premised on a distinction between parties and factions. The former, it is said, tend to promote the public good; the latter corrupt it. Yet for centuries party and faction were assimilated: political divisions as such were despised for undermining the unity of the political community. In this lecture, Lea Ypi examines what is at stake in the distinction between party and faction, revisits some salient critiques of the idea of partisanship in the history of political thought and explores their implications for the present day.

Lea Ypi teaches Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. She was born in Tirana (Albania) and studied philosophy and literature at the University of Rome La Sapienza before specializing in political theory at the European University Institute in Florence (Master of Research 2005, Ph.D. 2008). She was a Post-Doctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University before joining the LSE in 2011. During her fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg she is working on "The Meaning of Partisanship".

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Lectures on Film

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Each academic year, the Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg asks a few Fellows to report on their research in the form of a public lecture with discussion afterward. These Evening Colloquia are held about once a month on a Wednesday in the Wissenschaftskolleg.


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Each academic year, the Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg asks a few Fellows to report on their research in the form of a public lecture with discussion afterward. These Evening Colloquia are held about once a month on a Wednesday in the Wissenschaftskolleg.
The Evening Colloquia will be recorded by the video artist Anna Konik, who was herself a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2008/2009. The colloquia will be published in the Internet under the title “Lectures on Film”.

Der Rektor des Wissenschaftskollegs bittet in jedem akademischen Jahr einige Fellows in der Form eines öffentlichen Vortrags mit anschließender Diskussion über ihre Forschung zu berichten. Diese Abend-Kolloquien finden etwa einmal pro Monat an einem Mittwoch im Wissenschaftskolleg statt.
Aufgenommen werden die Abend-Kolloquien durch die Videokünstlerin Anna Konik , die im Jahr 2008/2009 selbst Fellow am Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin war. Unter dem Namen “Lectures on film” werden die Kolloquien im Netz veröffentlicht.

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