Checking tensions between social heterogeneity and universality
Europe’s society is heterogeneous due to its diverse cultures, people and traditions. There is tension between heterogeneity and universality - key for contemporary political theory. Today, societies have become so heterogeneous it is nearly impossible to reach a universal agreement on some issues. To gain a deeper understanding, the EU-funded UCONCRI project will study the work of Jean-Francois Lyotard and the Frankfurt School tradition of critical theory. It will trace a series of discussions and exchanges between the two to gauge both sides as different, yet closely related. The project will also seek to explain the sources of ideological extremism and how to respond. The findings will also improve our understanding of universality, conflict and critique.