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Conference on the Work of Charles Taylor – Audio Proceedings

Conference on the Work of Charles Taylor – Audio Proceedings

To celebrate the prominent Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor’s scholarly work at his 80th birthday, a major international conference was held on March 29 – 31, 2012 at Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. The conference featured ten sessions with presentations on many aspects of Taylor’s work in political science and philosophy. The audio files of conference speeches are now available online here. ...

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Robert Brandom on Hegelian Legal Reasoning

Professor Robert Brandom was the keynote speaker for this year’s Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference (INPC), held on 23-24 March, 2012, in Moscow, Idaho. His interesting paper has been posted online at conference site and his homepage: A Hegelian Model of Legal Concept Determination The Normative Fine Structure of the Judges’ Chain Novel Excerpt: My suggestion is that the diachronic, historical species ...

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Karl-Otto Apel, ‘Der Letztbegründer’, Turns 90

Karl-Otto Apel, ‘Der Letztbegründer’, Turns 90

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2zFNxI3EjA&w=530&h=330]   Karl-Otto Apel, one of the most eminent German philosophers of our time and Professor Emeritus at the University of Frankfurt, celebrates his 90th birthday today. Apel is best known as originator and co-developer, with Jürgen Habermas, of theory of discourse ethics (Diskursethik). But unlike Habermas’s detranscendentalized universal pragmatics, Apel’s transcendental pragmatic approach amounts to an ultimate grounding or justification ...

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Weltbeziehungen im Zeitalter der Beschleunigung

Weltbeziehungen im Zeitalter der Beschleunigung

Weltbeziehungen im Zeitalter der Beschleunigung: Umrisse einer neuen Gesellschaftskritik By Hartmut Rosa (University of Jena) Suhrkamp – March 12, 2012 Excerpt [PDF] English description: After Hartmut Rosa’s widely noted and successful ‘Beschleunigung. Die Veränderung der Zeitstrukturen in der Moderne’, his new work analyzes from various perspectives how the acceleration of social life affects modern subjects’ experience of, relationship with, and ...

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Boltanski’s New Book: Énigmes et Complots

Boltanski’s New Book: Énigmes et Complots

The French sociologist Luc Boltanski has published a new book in Paris: Énigmes et complots; une enquête à propos d’enquêtes Gallimard – February 16, 2012 461 pages Résumé: Pourquoi, au tournant des XIXe et XXe siècles, observe-t-on tour à tour : le développement du roman policier, dont le coeur est l’enquête, et du roman d’espionnage, qui a pour sujet le ...

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Peter Gordon on Habermas on Religion

Peter Gordon (Harvard) reviews Jürgen Habermas’s recent writings on religion in a long piece at The New Republic, entitled What Hope Remains? Excerpt: What is most striking in Habermas’s recent writings on religion is that he seems more than willing to meet the conservative critics of secularization half way. He disagrees with the philosopher Hans Blumenberg, the author of a monumental ...

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Religion without God

Religion without God

Professor Ronald Dworkin (NYU), whose 80th birthday is honored today, gives three Einstein Lectures in Bern on 12-14 December 2011, exploring ‘Religion without God’. He has presented a condensed draft of his lectures at NYU Colloquium in Legal, Political and Social Philosophy (direct link here). Assuming that like justice, religion is an interpretive concept, he argues, in the first lecture, ...

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Habermas and Anamnestic Reason

Just after having watched Habermas’ lecture at Georgetown University, I came across an insightful article on Habermas’ position on religious contents in current issue (Fall 2011) of the Interpretation Journal, entitled Habermas between Athens and Jerusalem: Public Reason and Atheistic Theology (pp.243-259), by Miguel Vatter. He is Professor of Political Science at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile and an expert on ...

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Jürgen Habermas on Myth and Ritual

Jürgen Habermas on Myth and Ritual

  On Wednesday, October 19, Jürgen Habermas delivered the 2011 Georgetown University’s Berkley Center Lecture on Myth and Ritual. He “explores the evolution of myth and ritual, and their enduring significance for human societies, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.”

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Interview with Martha Nussbaum: The Fragility of Goodness

Interview with Martha Nussbaum: The Fragility of Goodness

In a wide ranging interview with California Lawyer editor Martin Lasden, Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago) talks about the relationship between law and emotion, abortion, animal rights, and social justice. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU2jOgYxaNs&w=530&h=330] Excerpt from the text: Nussbaum: Impartiality suggests that we shouldn’t begin from our own point of view, that we should have principles that apply absolutely to everyone. But the ...

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