Peter J. Verovšek is Lecturer in Politics/International Relations in the Department of Politics. Peter is a critical theorist interested in the interconnection between democracy, capitalism and the nation-state. In 2019-20 he is also British Academy Mid-Career Fellow working on a new project examining the role that philosophy can and should play in the modern public sphere by focusing on the work of Germany’s leading postwar philosopher, Jürgen Habermas. Tentatively entitled “The Public Philosopher: Jürgen Habermas on Postwar European Politics,” this research will form the foundation for his second book.
Peter’s first book, Memory and the Future of Europe (forthcoming with Manchester University Press), examines the origins and development of the European Union. He argues that the problems revealed during the Eurozone crisis can be traced to the fading of these memories, as the generations that understood the European Union as a moral project as a result of their experience of total war have passed away. As a result, economic gain has increasingly become the EU’s sole raison d’être. Peter argues that this position is untenable and that the EU must develop a broader historical imaginary if it is to survive. Building on his existing interests in Marx and critical theory, Peter is also working on a series of papers examining the relationship between markets and peoples in contemporary democratic capitalism.
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