Good Government: A Philosophical Quest

Good Government
A Philosophical Quest

at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
Dec 27-28

Good Government proceeds from the 14th century Effects of Good and Bad Government by the Italian painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Eminent thinkers will convene to discuss the idea of the ‘good government’ as conceived in the cultural history of India and Europe. Looking at history will go hand in hand with prospections towards the future, but it is today that we must question what we expect from ‘good government’: between the risk of technological disruption, educational challenges, the challenges of representation, trends in international news, the role of artists and the function of art, ‘Good Government’ is a philosophical principle that should be thought of.

Participants: Bernard Stiegler, Divya Dwivedi, Katja Freistein, Michael de Saint Cheron, Shaj Mohan, Vijay Tankha.

Good Government: A Philosophical Quest is organised by the Institut Français, Paris, Embassy of France in India, Institut Français, India, Goethe-Institut, Alliance Française, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi Biennale Foundation.



Bernard Stiegler is a philosopher. He is head of the Institut de recherche et d’innovation (IRI), which he founded in 2006 at the Centre Georges-Pompidou. He is also the founder in 2005 of the political and cultural group, Ars Industrialis, and the founder in 2010 of the philosophy school,, held at Épineuil-le-Fleuriel. His best known work is Technics and Time, 1: The Fault of Epimetheus.

Divya Dwivedi is a philosopher based in the sub-continent. She teaches Philosophy and Literature at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. She is the co-editor with Sanil V of Public Sphere from outside the West. Her forthcoming publications include a philosophical monograph on Gandhi with Shaj Mohan, Narratology and Ideology co-edited with Richard Walsh and Henrik Skov Nielsen, and ‘Anti-Mimetic Theory and Postcolonialism’ in the Edinburgh Companion to Narrative Theory.

Katja Freistein is Head of the Research unit ‘The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation’ at the Centre for Global Co-operation Research. She joined the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, coming from the University of Bielefeld, where she did research on ‘Conceptions of Global Inequality in World Society’ in the university’s Collaborative Research Center since 2011. Amongst others, her research interest focusses on international relations, international political sociology, global inequality, international organizations, and global development.

Michael de Saint-Cheron is a philosopher of religions, an expert on Levinas, Ricoeur, Malraux as well as on the relationship between literature and philosophy. He is the co-author of the first Dictionnaire Malraux. He is also the author of Gandhi: Antibiography of a Great Soul.

Shaj Mohan is a philosopher based in the sub-continent. His recent research and publications have been on metaphysics, information technology, and the new forms of politics. He is the co-editor, with Dwivedi and J. Reghu, of the forthcoming volume of essays Politics of Conversion. His philosophical monograph on Gandhi with Divya Dwivedi Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics is forthcoming.

Vijay Thanka is professor of Philosophy at St. Stephen’ss College, Delhi University. He is an expert in Greek and Indian philosophy, and is the author of Ancient Greek Philosophy: Thales to Socrates.

For more information, please see: