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2017 Lectures

The J.R. Seeley Lectures 2017

Axel Honneth

(Institute of Social Research, Frankfurt, and Columbia University)

Recognition. A chapter in European Intellectual History

 

The lectures will be delivered at 5pm in the Runcie Lecture Theatre in the Divinity Faculty (entrance opposite the entrance to the History Faculty, map here)

Professor Honneth will reconstruct the very different roles played by ‘recognition’ in the three different philosophical contexts of Britain (Hume, Smith, Mill), of France (Rousseau and Sartre), and of Germany (Kant, Fichte, Hegel).

Tuesday 16 May
Methodological remarks on intellectual history

Thursday 18 May
France: recognition and self-loss

Tuesday 23 May
Great Britain: recognition and self-control

Thursday 25 May
Germany: recognition and self-determination

The Seeley Lectures are given every two years, and form our premier lecture series. They are open to all, free of charge. There will be a drinks reception in Clare College after the first lecture, to which everyone is invited.

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Axel Honneth is Director of the Institut für Sozialforschung and Professor of Philosophy at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, and Jack C. Weinstein Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York.

The Critique of Power (MIT Press, 1990)

The Struggle for Recognition (Polity Press, 1995)

The Fragmented World of the Social: Essays in Social and Political Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 1995)

Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange (Verso, 2003) (with Nancy Fraser)

Disrespect. The Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (Polity Press, 2007)

Reification. A New Look at an Old Idea (Oxford University Press, 2008)

Pathologies of Reason (Columbia University Press, 2009)

The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel’s Social Theory (Princeton University Press, 2010)

The I in We: Studies in the theory of Recognition (Polity Press, 2012)

Freedom’s Right (Polity Press, 2014)

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