Dean Mathiowetz on KPFA: Meditation’s Political Potential

July 14, 2016

By Melissa De Witte 

What is the political potential of meditation?

UC Santa Cruz politics professor and political theorist Dean Mathiowetz discusses how meditation and mindfulness practices can strengthen citizenship and democracy on KPFA radio, the flagship station of the Pacifica Radio Network.

Mathiowetz shares that citizenship is a type of engagement in the world and in the community. Meditation can help strengthen that awareness through what he calls "perspective taking," the ability to  be open-minded about viewpoints and understand perspectives other than your own.

Listen to the show.

Dean Mathiowetz is associate professor of Politics at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He is author of Appeals to Interest: Language and the Shaping of Political Agency and of numerous articles, and editor of a volume on the work of Hanna Pitkin. His current work examines luxury in relation to democratic desire.