Fall 2013

September 30
Introductory Session (lunch provided)

October 7
“Feeling Our Freedom: J. S. Mill on Democratic Character”
Inder Marwah, University of Chicago

October 14
“Beauty, Diversity and Transience: Revisiting Democracy in Alfarabi and Averroes”
Alexander Orwin, University of Chicago

October 28
“The Surprising Platonism of Hannah Arendt”
Patchen Markell, University of Chicago

November 4
“Taking Post-Racialism Seriously: From Movement Mythology to Racial Formation”
Paul C. Taylor, Penn State University

November 11
“Modernity Thinks with Judaism”
David Nirenberg, University of Chicago
The discussion will center on Chapter 13 of Professor Nirenberg’s Anti-Judaism. I also uploaded the book’s Introductionand Epilogue to provide further context.

November 18
“Beyond Recognition: Habermas’s Constitutional Patriotism as a Response to Exclusion from the Public Sphere”
Emma Stone Mackinnon, University of Chicago

November 25
“Gandhi and the Means-Ends Question in Politics”
Karuna Mantena, Yale University
Co-sponsored with the Theory and Practice in South Asia Workshop and with the Nicholson Center for British Studies

December 2
“Medicalized Citizenship and Abortion Rights in the United States”
Claire McKinney, University of Chicago

December 9
“Access to Justice as a Human Right: Capabilities, Rights and Entitlements”
Marco Segatti, University of Chicago