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Friday,  3 July 2015 

Migel Angel Kintana-Paz
European University Miguel de Cervantes, Valladolid (Spain)




Is It Possible to Teach Freedom? Paradoxes in the Education about Civic Values. A Spanish Case Study


 
Teaching about liberal-democratic values in school confronts a basic paradox. In fact, one of the main tenets of political liberalism is to leave to the individual the free choice among different values. But then, how is it possible to educate about how valuable this freedom of choice is without assuming already a value (the value of liberal freedom) and, therefore, contradicting the liberal ideal of not imposing any of them? We will deal with this subject from a theoretical and a practical perspective. Theories that try to solve this paradox date back to the philosophical-political work of liberal thinkers as John Locke and John Stuart Mill. We will analyze their positions on this issue and evaluate their plausibility.

The main problem that we will find in these authors is that both of them offer several answers to this question and those answers are mutually incompatible. Then, from a practical outlook, we will look with some detail to the polemic that Spanish education lived some years ago when the previous government tried to establish a subject about civic values in school. This polemic portraits in practice the problem that some education actors had with the above cited contradiction. We will conclude by examining how the Spanish Supreme Court solved the issue and assessing to what extent is their solution a real solution to the paradox.

 

Miguel Ángel Quintana-Paz is a professor of Ethics and Politics at the Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes (Valladolid, Spain) and a member of the Euro-Mediterranean University Institute of the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain). He has been Lonergan Fellow at the Boston College and researcher under the direction of Gianni Vattimo at the University of Turin. He has taught as Visiting Professor in universities of Argentina and Colombia. His last book (in Spanish) is “Normativity, Interpretation and Praxis: Wittgenstein in a Hermeneutical-Nihilistic Turn”. His web page is www.quintanapaz.es

 

Saturday, June 27

 

Maeve Cooke
University College Dublin


Politics, Freedom and Truth: On the Relationship between Political Authority and Autonomy


In contemporary political theory there is a remarkable readiness to adopt a Hobbesian view of liberty as the absence of impediment as the normative basis for theorizing about politics. This normative starting point goes hand-in-hand with a Hobbesian view of political authority, according to which loss of liberty is the price paid for accepting the obligations authority imposes, even when this is done willingly in the interests of peace and self-conservation. I seek to challenge such a view of political authority; furthermore, to show that it is not confined to those who explicitly endorse a Hobbesian position, but is rather the logical implication of the view of subjectivity underpinning Hobbes’ conception.

Against those who subscribe to the Hobbesian view of political authority, I endorse Hannah Arendt’s view that authority is conceptually connected with freedom. Taking seriously this conceptual connection allows for important distinctions between authority and domination and casts light on the relationship between authority and authoritarianism.

But what exactly is the nature of the conceptual connection that Arendt asserts? My answer diverges from Arendt, who speaks of subjects retaining their freedom. Instead, I conceive of the relationship between authority and individual freedom as mutually constitutive: authority engenders freedom and vice-versa. In the first part of the paper, I make a connection between the Hobbesian view of political authority and a view of subjectivity I find problematic. In the second part I present the main elements of a re-articulated conception of individual autonomy, as the core of a reconceptualised idea of individual freedom. In the third part, using Habermas’ writings on law and democracy as a point of reference, I confront the question of the mutually constitutive relationship between political authority and autonomy.

 

 

Philosophy and Society, Volume 26, Issue 1 (2015)

 

 

KANT AND ROMANTICISM

THE DICTIONARY OF TECHNOLOGY – 33 YEARS AFTER

STUDIES AND ARTICLES

INTERVIEWS

FROM THE ACTIVITIES OF THE INSTITUTE

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International Conference


WHY STILL EDUCATION? 2015


Sremski Karlovci, Serbia
2–4 July 2015

Dear colleagues,
We are sorry to announce that conference "Why still education 2015" has been cancelled.
Participants will be invited to present their papers on one-day event "Why still education" at the beginning of the next semester in the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory.

WSE organizing team


 

Prof. Dr. Klaus Wiegerling

Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse Karlsruhe (ITAS); Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

 

IFDT; 16. März 2015, um 15 Uhr

 

Dipl. –Soz. Katja Kaminski

Geodätisches Institut Darmstadt; Technische Universität Darmstadt

IFDT; 16. März 2015, um 17 Uhr


Dr. Andreas Kaminski

Institut für Philosophie, Darmstadt

IFDT; 17. März 2015, um 15 Uhr

 

Buchbesprechung

 

Autor: Željko Radinković

Institut für Philosophie und Gesellschaftstheorie Belgrad

17. März 2015 um 17 Uhr.

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Dr. des. Dennis Dierks, Historisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena

Erinnerungskultur in multikulturellen Räumen: Das Beispiel Bosnien-Herzegowina im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert

Monday, March 9, 11 h

 

Es ist inzwischen kulturwissenschaftliches Allgemeingut, dass Erinnerung ein zentraler Bestandteil individueller und kollektiver Identitätskonstruktionen ist. Dass Erinnerung dabei umstritten sein kann, lehren uns zahlreiche Beispiele aus Geschichte und Gegenwart. Die historischen Kulturwissenschaften haben sich in letzter Zeit der transnationalen Verflechtung von Erinnerung und möglichen Konflikten, die daraus erwachsen können, verstärkt zugewandt. Meist werden solche Verflechtungen auf bilateraler Ebene zwischen zwei Nationalstaaten betrachtet.

Doch was geschieht, wenn innerhalb einer Gesellschaft Erinnerung umkämpft ist, was geschieht, wenn staatliche Instanzen fehlen bzw. zu schwach sind, um solche Konflikte zu schlichten? Es ist dies eine Frage, die für moderne pluralistische Gesellschaften zentral ist.
Der Vortrag nähert sich dieser Problematik aus der Perspektive eines historischen Beispiels: Bosnien-Herzegowina als Teil der österreichisch-ungarischen Monarchie. Im Mittelpunkt soll die Frage stehen, wie die unterschiedlichen nationalen Bewegungen in der Zeit mit der Multikulturalität des Landes und dem Vorhandensein unterschiedlicher, in ihrem Kern konfessionell geprägter Erinnerungskulturen umgingen. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit soll dabei der serbischen Nationalbewegung gelten.

Anhand dieses Beispiels soll diskutiert werden, welche methodischen Instrumentarien für die Erforschung von Erinnerungskulturen in multikulturellen Räumen nutzbar gemacht und inwieweit dadurch der Erinnerungsforschung neue Perspektiven eröffnet werden können.

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HERMENEUTISCHE HORIZONTEN

PHILOSOPHICAL PRACTICE

STUDIES AND ARTICLES

INTERVIEWS

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THE POTENTIAL OF EVERYDAY SOCIAL CRITIQUE AND THE CONTEMPORARY FORMS OF DOMINATION

CONTEMPORARY ASPECTS OF THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY

STUDIES AND ARTICLES

THE FIRST POLEMIC BETWEEN SERBIAN LIBERALS IN RETROSPECT

REVIEWS 

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PHENOMENOLOGY AND SOCIETY

STATE AND CHURCH: THE LOGIC AND STRUCTURE OF RELATIONS

STUDIES AND ARTICLES

REVIEWS

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Alessandro Ferrara


Democracy Today and the Renewal of Political Liberalism

Monday, December 9, 2014


 

 

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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Democracy, Identity, European Integration

8-9th March 2013 


Ontology and Politics of Institutions

6-7th November 2012 


Trust and transparency - Towards the new Europe

5- 6th October 2012