Lottocracy: A New Kind of Democracy

November 11, 2020 (Wednesday) / 5:00 pm


Lottocracy: A New Kind of Democracy

Alex Guerrero

Henry Rutgers Term Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University

Elections are the heart of almost every modern political system. Alex Guerrero presents a case against choosing political representatives via voting and defends a new kind of political system with a very different heart: one that uses random selection, rather than popular elections, to choose officials.

Cosponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

Alexander Guerrero, JD, PhD, is Henry Rutgers Term Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. His research is primarily in political philosophy, moral philosophy, legal philosophy, and social epistemology. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Lottocracy: A New Kind of Democracy (Oxford University Press), as well as the co-editor (with Elizabeth Harman) of the forthcoming Norton Introduction to Ethics.  He created and oversees an ongoing MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through the Coursera platform, “Revolutionary Ideas:  An Introduction to Legal and Political Philosophy,” which has been taken by more than 150,000 students.  He regularly teaches moral, legal, and political philosophy, as well as a new course on African, Latin American, and Native American Philosophy.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy Compass and serves on the Advisory Board of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy.  He is a graduate of Harvard College, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Philosophy.  He completed his PhD in Philosophy from New York University and his JD from New York University School of Law. While a law student, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York University Law Review.