Book Launch: Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor

Astra Taylor’s new book, Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, is a quest–through history, philosophy, and interviews–to answer the question of democracy. Her answers are surprising: democracy exists in the tension between many contradictions; it is always being realized and is never in a finite state; we in the United States have far less experience with it than we think. As Masha Gessen notes in a New Yorker review of Astra Taylor’s companion documentary What Is Democracy?, “Taylor’s project seems to be to show just how much we don’t know about what we mean when we say ‘democracy’.” Astra Taylor, who has been called “a rare public intellectual, utterly committed to asking humanity’s most profound questions yet entirely devoid of pretensions and compulsively readable” by Naomi Klein, takes a radically democratic approach interviewing philosophers, activists, and everyday people. Her project is not so much a polemic as it is a celebration of ideas and what it means to think about them.











When: Thu., May 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: powerHouse Arena
28 Adams St.
718-666-3049
Price: Free
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Astra Taylor’s new book, Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, is a quest–through history, philosophy, and interviews–to answer the question of democracy. Her answers are surprising: democracy exists in the tension between many contradictions; it is always being realized and is never in a finite state; we in the United States have far less experience with it than we think. As Masha Gessen notes in a New Yorker review of Astra Taylor’s companion documentary What Is Democracy?, “Taylor’s project seems to be to show just how much we don’t know about what we mean when we say ‘democracy’.” Astra Taylor, who has been called “a rare public intellectual, utterly committed to asking humanity’s most profound questions yet entirely devoid of pretensions and compulsively readable” by Naomi Klein, takes a radically democratic approach interviewing philosophers, activists, and everyday people. Her project is not so much a polemic as it is a celebration of ideas and what it means to think about them.

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