Residency Dates: September 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
Carmen Lea Dege is a Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and teaches political theory at Hebrew University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2019. Her work focuses on the role of myth and ignorance in democratic societies.
During her time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Dege will complete a book manuscript on the viability of a critical theory of myth. She argues that myth is more significant to how societies respond to crises and uncertainty than acknowledged by the dominant history of modern political thought. In addition, her argument is normative, suggesting that the mythical perspective has a claim on truth that differs from objective rationality and subjective experience and allows us to distinguish democratic from non-democratic ignorance. On this basis, her research outlines an alternative approach to science denialism and conspiracy theories that goes beyond fact-checking.
This information is accurate for the time period that the
visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.
Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellow, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Science denialism and political myth: On the workings and breakdowns of the fact-value distinction
Political Science Philosophy
Areas of Expertise
Critical Theory Existentialism History of Political Thought Political Theology
Dege, Carmen Lea. “Myth, Modernity, and the Legacy of the Axial Age,” Journal of the History of Ideas, forthcoming.
Dege, Carmen Lea. “2020’s Existentialist Turn.” Boston Review, August 24, 2020.
Dege, Carmen Lea. “Diversity in Unity in Post-Truth Times: Max Weber’s Challenge and Karl Jaspers’s Response.” Philosophy & Social Criticism 46, no. 6 (2019): 703–33. https://doi.org/10.1177/019145371986022.