Dr. Jürgen Habermas on Democracy, Solidarity and the European Crisis

Dr. Jürgen Habermas on Democracy, Solidarity and the European Crisis26th April 2013, University of Leuven At the University of Leuven in 2013, Professor Jürgen Habermas presented a philosophical paper titled “Democracy, Solidarity and the European Crisis” on the economic and political crises facing the European Monetary Union. Professor Habermas argued that the “uncontrolled systemic contingencies” of an “unrestrained” market capitalism have “transformed” into conflicts between national members of the European Union. Given the “structural imbalances between national economies”, efforts to simply give out loans to indebted European Union countries and simply expect each of… Read More

Professor Shirin Neshat on “Transitional Behavior: Images and History”

Professor Shirin Neshat on “Transitional Behavior: Images and History”Institute for Strategic Dialogue, University of Oxford At the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in 2012, Iranian artist and filmmaker Professor Shirin Neshat presented a brief autobiographical lecture re-titled “Transitional Behavior: Images and History” as visiting Oxford University Professor in Contemporary Art. In reflecting about the process and evolution of her own work in photography to video, cinema and experimentations with theatre and live performance including Ballet, Professor Neshat argued that as an artist the transitional character of her work has always closely mirrored her… Read More

Jürgen Habermas on Secular Foundations of Political Legitimation

Jürgen Habermas on Secular Foundations of Political Legitimation Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace & World Affairs At the 2011 Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Professor Habermas presented a philosophical paper titled “Myth and Ritual”. In the question period that followed, Professor Habermas’ highlighted what he believed was really at the issue in interpreting the very foundations itself of contemporary political legitimation in terms that were secular. While seeing himself as a defender of the “Enlightenment heritage” of the West, Professor Habermas argued that the issue ultimately relies on a… Read More

Harvard PhD Candidate, Adam Anderson on The Old Assyrian Social Network 1950-1750 BCE: An Analysis Based on the Texts from Kültepe (Kanesh), Turkey

Harvard PhD Candidate, Adam Anderson on The Old Assyrian Social Network 1950-1750 BCE: An Analysis Based on the Texts from Kültepe (Kanesh), Turkey The Harvard Horizons Symposium in Sanders Theatre on April 22, 2014. In this Harvard Horizons Symposium series, Harvard PhD candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Adam Anderson speaks about the broader meaning of his work on the Old Assyrian past and the 2000 BCE cuneiform texts that reconnect us to the social networks of this long lost society. Click here for my summary. Click here for the video.

Dr. Seyla Benhabib: Towards a Critical Social Theory of Cosmopolitanism

Dr. Seyla Benhabib: Towards a Critical Social Theory of CosmopolitanismEugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University Click here for the video of the lecture. At the EURECO and CEMES (Centre for Modern European Studies) symposium, Dr. Seyla Benhabib presented a brief philosophical paper on the revival of cosmopolitan ideals and legal cosmopolitanism. She argued that while the project of cosmopolitanism involves contradictory processes and may indeed generates itself its own contradictions, it can still nonetheless be used as a “critical normative ideal” to illuminate and give insight into the… Read More