Are we adults?

Political Maturity

Lecture by Pedro Olalla

The citizen has ceased to be the core political subject of our democracies. Starting out from this premise, the Hellenist scholar Pedro Olalla will discuss what it means to reach political maturity today, and what a politically mature society is. Is politics really an adult prerogative? What role should education play in shaping citizens?

One threshold which theoretically signals the transition to adulthood in our society is acceptance of civic responsibilities and participation in public life. On paper, and in good measure, being an adult means being a citizen. Yet if, as Pedro OIlalla states, “our democracies don’t want true citizens”, is politics really a prerogative of adulthood? In today’s society, are “maturity” and “politics” concepts in their full senses? Does maturity, by some chance, really turn us into democratic citizens? With his two-edged title, “Political Maturity”, Olalla suggests that we should think not only about the desirable situation in which politics reaches maturity but also about the—even more desirable and necessary—condition when our maturity enters into politics.


Organised by

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Consorci d'Educació de Barcelona
Networks for change



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