Neal Curtis is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland. He is the author of Against Autonomy, Ashgate 2001; War and Social Theory, Palgrave 2006; and Idiotism, Pluto 2013. His current interests include media theory, technology and comics and is currently writing a book called On Sovereignty and Superheroes for Manchester University Press.
- "In line with this, Rancière argues that the police function continually tries to reduce the public sphere to the rule of experts (a new form of title) and those who wish to make it their ‘own private affair’, but democracy is the ‘struggle against this privatization’."
- "For Patočka, if history signifies anything, it is the moment where this openness is made explicit and becomes a philosophical problem."
- "Paradoxically, what unites the Greeks in the demos is a ‘unity in conflict’: the founding of political disagreement."
- "We, the people, need to take democracy back from the self-appointed gods, and the university has a significant role to play in this."
- "In this regard, democratic philosophy ‘constantly tests its bounds’ and is absolutely not the business of priests."
- "It has also been assumed that the university is an institution that tests what people think they already know and challenges what the already think they should do."
- "The demos is thus an interruption in the established public order brought about by the continual opening up of questions pertaining to who we are and how we should live together."
- "It is now a regular occurrence to see higher education treated as a commodity, students referred to as customers, the university seen as a competitor in a marketplace, and the humanities regarded as economically unproductive."
- "Democracy is the opening up of politics."
- "This means that the rise of philosophy and politics in the founding of Greek democracy is not the founding of a solution, but the founding of an interminable questioning."