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Kei Hiruta


Current position: Lecturer in Philosophy, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan

During his AIAS-COFUND Fellowship, Kei Hiruta has worked on the project 'Responses to Democratic Crisis'

Project at AIAS

What does it mean for democracy to fail? How can trust in democratic government be restored and malfunctioning democratic institutions be repaired? And what should one do if a democratic system breaks down and one finds oneself in a non-democratic society? What should dissenting individuals do when normal democratic channels of expression are diminishing or non-existent?

My research project considers this set of questions by re-examining mid-twentieth-century thinkers’ and writers’ work in light of the recent debate over the ‘end of democracy’. This generation commands our attention because it was in the middle of the last century that the question of democratic crisis acquired unparalleled urgency. In particular, I focus on Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, Albert Camus, Judith Shklar and Masao Maruyama who together represent a diversity of responses to democratic crisis. Examining this eclectic group of philosophers, writers and political scientists, my research pays special attention to the diversity of ways in which democracy can collapse or deteriorate, problematizing the all-too-tempting fixation on the Weimar tragedy.

Project title:

Responses to Democratic Crisis    

Area of research:

Political Theory

Fellowship period:

1 Oct 2019 - 30 Sep 2022

Fellowship type:

AIAS-COFUND II Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow

This fellowship has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754513 and The Aarhus University Research Foundation.