October 22, 2018

Lea Ypi On Dominated Dominators

This talk explores the case of dominated dominators as a way of understanding structural domination. I suggest that structural domination, the domination from which dominators suffer (over and above the dominated) is a particularly pernicious form of interference, which ought to worry us more than the agential and intersubjective forms of domination that we have been so far mostly concerned with. I argue that structural domination generates alienation (of both dominators and dominated) and show how alienation is a moral wrong of a distinctive kind which vindicates the distinctive wrong of structural domination. I conclude by discussing some objections and showing that if the most hideous instances of agential domination are in fact secondary wrongs, wrongs that inherit their wrongness from the primary wrong of domination by structures, this has important implications for resistance, in particular class-based analysis of resistance.

Lea Ypi is Professor in Political Theory in the Government Department, London School of Economics, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. Before joining the LSE, she was a Post-doctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College (Oxford) and a researcher at the European University Institute where she obtained her PhD. She holds degrees in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and has held visiting and research positions at Sciences Po, the University of Frankfurt, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, the Australian National University and the Italian Institute for Historical Studies. Her research interests include normative political theory (including democratic theory, theories of justice, and issues of migration and territorial rights), enlightenment political thought (especially Kant), Marxism and critical theory and nationalism in the intellectual history of the Balkans (especially Albania). She published extensively on various subject of political theory, and her recent publications include: The Meaning of Partisanship (with Jonathan White, Oxford University Press, 2016), Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership (edited Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi, Oxford University Pres, 2016), Kant and Colonialism (edited Katrin Flikschuh and Lea Ypi. Oxford University Press, 2014) and Global Justice & Avant-Garde Political Agency (Oxford University Press, 2012).

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