Let’s Talk About the Future of Democracy

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Moderated by Miguel Poiares Maduro, president of the Scientific Committee of the Future Forum, the Conference Let’s Talk About the Future of Democracy has the participation of Daniel Innerarity (University of the Basque Country and European University Institute) and Paul Kahn (University of Yale).

The opinion defended by each of the authors in this Conference can be read in the Gulbenkian Ideas, which are available on this page.

This is the first Conference of the “Let’s Talk About the Future” cycle, held in partnership with RTP3, in which internationally recognized speakers debate key themes of our near future.



Paul KhanLet’s Talk About the Future of Democracy
Daniel InnerarityLet’s Talk About the Future of Democracy



Daniel Innerarity is a professor of political philosophy, “Ikerbasque” researcher at the University of the Basque Country and part time professor at the European University Institute (School of Transnational Governance). Former fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Munich, visiting professor at the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne, visiting fellow in the London School of Economics, and at Georgetown University. His recent books in English include Ethics of hospitality (2017), The democracy in Europe (2018), Politics in the Times of Indignation (2019) and A Theory of Complex Democracy (2021).

Paul W. Kahn is Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities, and Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. Professor Kahn teaches in the areas of constitutional law and theory, international law, cultural theory, and philosophy. Before coming to Yale in 1985, he clerked for Justice White in the United States Supreme Court and practiced law in Washington, D.C., during which time he was on the legal team representing Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice. He is the author of many books on constitutional law, political theory, and philosophy. His latest books include Making the Case: The Art of the Judicial Opinion; Origins of Order: Project and System in the American Legal Imagination; and Testimony. His newest book, Democracy in America 2020, will be out this spring. He earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in Philosophy and J.D. from Yale.


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