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The Business Corporation as a Political Actor


3 June 2021
14:00 - 16:00

Online seminar on the Comparative Political Theory of the Corporation


The growing body of literature in political theory of the corporation is mostly Western centric. This seminar explores the possibility of developing a comparative political theory of the corporation. It addresses the following questions: (1) To what extent is the corporation or the firm an object of philosophical scrutiny in these non-Western traditions? (2) How do non-Western cultures and intellectual traditions understand the political legitimacy of the firm?


Prof. Joseph Chan
Joseph Chan is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong and a Global Scholar and Visiting Professor at Princeton University. His current research interests span Confucian political philosophy, comparative political theory, and contemporary Western theories of democracy, political equality and popular sovereignty. His articles have appeared in many journals.

Prof. Grivas Muchineripi Kayange
Grivas Muchineripi Kayange is the current head of the Philosophy Department at Chancellor College, University of Malawi and was a Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Edinburgh. His main research interest is the logical relation between theories or policies and practice in African ethics, language, politics, religion and natural science.

Prof. Timur Kuran
Timur Kuran is Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, and serves on numerous editorial boards. His research focuses on 1. Economic political and social change, with emphasis on institutions and preferences, and 2. The economic and political history of the Middle East. His books has been translated in multiple languages.