28 / Social Philosophy:
Changing Visions of History.
Empire, Hegemony and World Order


29 March – 2 April 2004   print this page

Course directors:

Joseph Bien, University of Missouri, Columbia, United States
Hauke Brunkhorst, University of Flensburg, Germany
Heinz Paetzold, University of Kassel, Germany
Gerard Raulet, University of Paris - Sorbonne, France


Course description:

Dates: March 29 - April 2, 2004Course Description: The course will concern itself with several issues that are central to contemporary political thought and that will require a rethinking of history. This is especially important when considering Kantian cosmopolitanism and the ends of history implied in his political philosophy. Such matters are also reflected in talk concerning the nation state and what might follow, for example the 'post-national constellation', caused by processes of globalization as the decisive element of contemporary economy, culture and politics. This must include a rethinking of the question of emancipation as the notion of revolution has been partly discredited. All the above might be seen within the broader framework of the discussions on democracy and sovereignty. Such matters include talk of religious movements and fundamentalism as a political force. Michael Hardt's and Antonio Negri's Empire shed light on many of the above questions.