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Vuko Andrić

Universität Mannheim

The Paradox of Supererogation Cannot be Resolved

Monday, December 15, 12h


The aim of the lecture is to show that the paradox of supererogation cannot be resolved. Supererogatory acts go beyond the call of duty in that they are better than mere fulfilments of moral duties. The paradox of supererogation is based on the idea that it cannot be permissible to perform an act that is inferior to an alternative option: how can mere duty fulfilments be right, given that it would be better to perform a supererogatory act? After providing a deeper explanation of the paradoxical nature of supererogation, I distinguish between two general accounts of supererogation: according to the Competitive Account, something prevents reasons that favour supererogatory acts over mere duty fulfilments from providing obligations; according to the Non-Competitive Account, in contrast, the reasons that favour supererogatory acts over mere duty fulfilments are such that they cannot turn into obligations in the first place. Given some plausible normative and metaethical assumptions, neither account can resolve the paradox of supererogation. Since there is no plausible theory of supererogation that is not a species of either the Competitive or the Non-Competitive Account, I submit, the paradox cannot be resolved.


Vuko Andrić is currently working as a Research Associate at Mannheim University on the challenges future generations pose to democratic theory. He completed his doctoral degree with a dissertation on act-consequentialism at Saarland University and previously studied at the Universities of Göttingen, Bielefeld, Berlin (Free University), and Oxford. His publications include “Objective Consequentialism and the Licensing Dilemma” (Philosophical Studies), “The Case of the Miners” (Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy), “Can Groups be Autonomous Rational Agents? A Challenge to the List-Pettit Theory”, in: A. Konzelmann-Ziv & H. B. Schmid (eds.), Institutions, Emotions, and Group Agents - Contributions to Social Ontology, Springer 2014), and “Norbert Hoersters Theorie der Normenvertretung” (Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung).


 

Alessandro Ferrara


Democracy Today and the Renewal of Political Liberalism

Monday, December 9, 2014


 

Ben Bradley


How Should We Feel About Death?

Thursday, December 4, 16 h


In his lecture, Professor Bradley will examine the question of what attitude it is appropriate to have concerning one’s death, given the supposition that the badness of death is determined by what death deprives its victim from having.

Ben Bradley is Professor of Philosophy at the Philosophy Department, Syracuse University.  He has been Chair of the Philosophy Department since 2012, as well as Director of the Integrated Learning Major in Ethics. Prof. Bradley has also taught at Western Washington University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Illinois Wesleyan University. In 2011-12 he was Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1999. Prof. Bradley’s core areas of specialization are ethics and philosophy of death. He is the author of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death (2012), co-edited with Fred Feldman and Jens Johansson and Well-Being and Death (2009).


 

INTERNATIONALE KONFERENZ

Identität - Annäherungen an eine Ontologie des Sozialen


Die zweite internationale Konferenz aus der Reihe Annäherungen an eine Ontologie des Sozialen – Phänomenologische Zugänge unter dem Namen Identität - Annäherungen an eine Ontologie des Sozialen – Phänomenologische Zugänge beschäftigt sich mit der begrifflichen und phänomenologisch-methodischen Vorverständigung über den Stellenwert dieser Themen in der Ideengeschichte, der gegenwärtigen Diskurse und in der phänomenologischen Betrachtung dieser Themen. Daran anknüpfend werden in zwei Schritten die Medialisierung des Sozialen unter dem jeweiligen Thema und die politischen Dimensionen des Themas behandelt. Umfasst ‚Medialisierung‘ kommunikative Formen, in denen sich die drei Themenfelder zeigen und ausdifferenzieren – sozusagen die Weisen, in denen sich das Welt-, Selbst- und intersubjektive Verhältnis gestalten –, so ist mit dem politischen Aspekt eine eigene Kategorie bezeichnet, die gerade in ihren Differenzen und Spannungen zu dem zweiten Bereich gekennzeichnet ist: so z.B. in der Kolonialisierung von dessen Phänomenen durch Machtaspekte.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Identity – Approaching the Ontology of the Social


The second international conference in the series Approaching the Ontology of the Social – Phenomenological Approaches (Annäherungen an eine Ontologie des Sozialen – Phänomenologische Zugänge), with the title Identity – Approaching the Ontology of the Social, will address, in its introductory part, the question of the conceptual and phenomenological-methodological preliminary agreement on the place of this theme within the history of ideas, the contemporary discourse and the phenomenological perspective on this topic. Starting from that point, the conference will reflect on the mediatization of the social regarding the phenomenon of identity as well as the political dimension of this theme. If we assume that the ‘mediatization’ encompasses communicative forms within which three distinct thematic fields appear and differentiate themselves – virtually ways in which our relations to the world, self-relations and intersubjective ones take shape – then the political aspect denotes a special category characterized precisely by the differentiation and tension with respect to the question of identity: for example, in the colonization of the phenomenon of identity through aspects of power.

Plakat der Konferenz (.pdf)

Programm der Konferenz (.pdf)


 

Pascal Delhom

Transitional Justice
Mittwoch, 19. November
15.30-17.30

Institut für Philosophie und Gesellschaftstheorie Belgrad (IFDT Belgrad), Vortragsraum im ersten Stock
(Die Vorlesung wird konsekutiv in die serbische Sprache übersetzt.)

 

 

Christina Schües

Der Sinn von Ungerechtigkeit - Über die Notwendigkeit einer epistemologischen und ethischen Untersuchung

Mittwoch, 19. November
17.45-19.45

Institut für Philosophie und Gesellschaftstheorie Belgrad (IFDT Belgrad), Vortragsraum im ersten Stock
(Die Vorlesung wird konsekutiv in die serbische Sprache übersetzt.)

 

 

Burkhard Liebsch


Der Zeuge und das Politische

Donnerstag, 20. November
12.00-14.00

Institut für Philosophie und Gesellschaftstheorie Belgrad (IFDT Belgrad), Vortragsraum im ersten Stock
(Die Vorlesung wird konsekutiv in die serbische Sprache übersetzt.)


 

TWO SEMINARS AND A LECTURE

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory in association with Regional office of Heinrich-Böll Foundation and Cultural Centre of Belgrade organize 

 

Seminar

 Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim

INDIVIDUALIZATION, COSMOPOLITIZATION, AND THE CHANGING FAMILY LIFE

Thursday, November 13, 10–12h
Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Gallery Artget


Individualization and cosmopolitization are recent trends that bring about fundamental transformations of modern society. Today, the norms and beliefs in respect of what is right and proper in regard to personal lives multiply and compete with one another, new family models challenging older ones and opening up numerous questions regarding which model should be given priority. The effect is that the issue of rights and obligations turns into an arena of controversies, an issue of contested rights and obligations.


Seminar

Ulrich Beck

 

HOW THE EUROPEAN PROJECT CAN BE SAVED: THE COSMOPOLITAN OUTLOOK



Thursday, November 13, 15–17h
Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Gallery Artget

Europe is not a fixed condition, not a territorial unit, not a state, not a nation. In fact, there is no 'Europe', there is Europeanization, a process of on-going transformation, or metamorphosis: dissolving an old order and creating a new one – in a very specific sense: Europeanization is about politics of side-effects. The EU was founded not on the logic of war, as were states. It is a new kind of polity constructed in reaction to the risk of war and now, in reaction to the risk of economic collapse.

Lecture

Ulrich Beck

HOW THE EUROPEAN PROJECT CAN BE SAVED: THE COSMOPOLITAN OUTLOOK

Thursday, November 13, 19h

Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment

Opening remarks:
Petar Bojanić (IFDT, Belgrade University)
Andreas Poltermann (Heinrich-Böll Foundation)

 


 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Engaging Foucault


Belgrade, December 5-7, 2014

Location: Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation, Studentski trg 5, Belgrade


The Group for Social Engagement Studies of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory organizes an international conference on Michel Foucault on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his death. The conference will have 26 sessions and a round table, with over 150 participants from all over the world: from Europe, Australia, Africa, North America and South America. “Engaging Foucault” will gather theorists who have engaged with Foucault’s work, either endorsing or disputing the main premises of his work. As a result, the sessions will embrace such different topics as feminism, biopolitics and thanatopolitics, the critique of neoliberalism, the theory of sovereignity, disciplinary institutions, new media, techniques of the self or archeology.

As a community of philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists and historians, the Group for Social Engagement Studiesorganizes this conference as a collective investigation into the possibilities for (re-)articulating public engagement today: how to change political, economic, social and institutional regimes of production of truths? Thus, “Engaging Foucault” should critically reflect on the meaning of ’engagement’ – what is public engagement, who can be called ’engaged’ and in what sense, what are the effects of engaged thought and action – in the spirit of Foucault’s cues.

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8-9th March 2013 


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6-7th November 2012 


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