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SHOTA AZIKURI

shota.azikuri.1@iliauni.edu.ge

  • BA Studies: Mathematics, Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, 2012-2015
  • MA Studies: Philosophy, Ilia State University, 2015-2018

The nation-state has been a basic form of political sovereignty for already a few centuries. Today, this form is undergoing a certain mutation, it may even be said that it is in crisis. The purpose of my research project is to conceptualize this crisis of nation-state. My argument is that this crisis is essentially related to the accelerated multiplication of nonhuman actors caused by techno-scientific advances, and the inability to grasp their agency. Modern technologies, especially information technologies, are fundamentally transforming the political, social and legal spheres. Along with humans, algorithms, sensors and other digital technologies are actively participating in social life. The liberal theory, on which the modern form of the nation-state is conceptually based on, considers only human will and agency and cannot conceptualize the agency of these nonhuman actors, consequently, it does not see their participation in the political process. In the most recent philosophical tradition, many authors have shifted their focus from human to nonhuman actors. This trend in contemporary philosophy is called “nonhuman turn”, where the main interest is shifted from human and social (understood as relations between humans) to nonhuman beings. My purpose is to understand sovereignty and the political sphere within this new conceptual framework. This approach should result in such theoretical conceptualization of sovereignty, which enables the integration of nonhuman agency, brought by the progress in digital technologies.

 

Participation in this doctoral program is first and foremost an opportunity to fully dedicate myself to my academic work. I hope that it will give me the possibility to deepen my knowledge of significant traditions in western philosophy. In addition, I’m certain that while working on my doctoral thesis, I will be able to receive valuable feedback from my colleagues and professors.