Home » Philosophy (page 7)

Category Archives: Philosophy

Why Tyranny makes philosophy more necessary

Ramin Jahanbegloo has an interesting piece at Tehran Review on philosophy and its role under a theocratic tyranny. An excerpt: “How might reading and teaching philosophy affect a person living under theocratic rule here and now? In other words, how can one read philosophy in Tehran? As odd as it may sound, reading philosophy in Tehran can not only be spiritually ...

Read More »

New Book on Rawls and Habermas

New Book on Rawls and Habermas

Rawls and Habermas: Reason, Pluralism, and the Claims of Political Philosophy By Todd Hedrick Stanford University Press (June2010) Introduction [PDF]   Book description:  This book offers a comprehensive evaluation of the two preeminent post-WWII political philosophers, John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas. Both men question how we can be free and autonomous under coercive law and how we might collectively use ...

Read More »

“Democracy in Modern Iran” – A review

“Democracy in Modern Iran” – A review

Dan Geist reviews Ali Mirsepassi’s new book, Democracy in Modern Iran, in Tehran Bureau. Here some excerpts: The author convincingly argues for a view of democracy based not on “objective logic,” but rather on pragmatic lines: experience may lead a critical mass of citizens to believe that democracy is superior to the alternatives, and history demonstrates that it tends to ...

Read More »

Jeremy Waldron on Rights and Responsibilities

The text of the lecture that Jeremy Waldron delivered, as part of Max Weber Lecture Series, on 19 May, 2010 at the European University Institute, is now available online: Dignitiy, Rights, and Responsibilities [PDF]

Read More »

Martha Nussbaum on liberal education

Inspired by John Steuart Mill, Martha Nussbaum, who just published Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, defends the importance of humanities in a democratic society in New Statesman: Liberal education is not just for citizenship. It forms minds capable of appreciating life in a variegated and complex manner. Nonetheless, a focus on citizenship can help us appreciate the magnitude ...

Read More »

Hannah Arendt and the Iranian Green Movement

There is now an interesting article at Tehran Review, in which the author is trying to find philosophical consolation for Iranian democrats in Hannah Arendt’s reflections on the nature of power and violence: Inevitably, Iranians will rightfully ask how action could be possible or endure in the face of so much organized violence? To answer this deep question, we turn ...

Read More »

Warum Axel Honneth ist ein wichtiger Philosoph?

Er beantwortet: Das ist eine unangenehme Frage, aber gut: Ich bin bekannt für eine sogenannte Theorie der Anerkennung, das heißt, ich betrachte soziale Konflikte als einen Kampf um Bestätigung, Wertschätzung und Respekt. Ein gutes Beispiel sind die Bürgerrechtsbewegung in den USA oder die Frauenbewegung. Es ging vordergründig um materielle Forderungen: die Erlaubnis, als Schwarzer in eine Theatervorstellung zu gehen oder ...

Read More »

Moroccan philosopher Mohamed Abed Al-Jabri passed away at 76

Al-Jabri, the author of  The critique of Arab Reason and one of the most important Arab intellectual died two days ago at the age of 76.   Al-Jabri was both a critical philosopher and a proponent of a left-wing programme of social policy in his country. Sonja Hegasy writes an interesting obituary at qantara: Zwei Hauptgedanken der politischen Ideengeschichte wirken ...

Read More »

New Book by Jürgen Habermas in English

An Awareness of What is Missing  By Jürgen Habermas Polity- February 2010 Description: In his recent writings on religion and secularization, Habermas has challenged reason to clarify its relation to religious experience and to engage religions in a constructive dialogue. Given the global challenges facing humanity, nothing is more dangerous than the refusal to communicate that we encounter today in ...

Read More »

New Interview with Jürgen Habermas on Religion

Tha Immanent Frame has published a new long interview with Jürgen Habermas, conducted by Eduardo Mendieta on the question of religion. Here two excerpts: On the one hand, the system of religion has become more differentiated and has limited itself to pastoral care, that is, it has largely lost other functions. On the other hand, there is no global connection ...

Read More »