Hermeneutics in the History of Political Thought

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Leiden University invite PhD candidates and ReMa students to register for the course Hermeneutics in the History of Political Thought to take place on 26-27 September, 2024.

Organizing university

Leiden University

Date(s)

26-27 September, 2024

Location

Leiden

Type of activity

Course

Primary target group

PhD candidates, ReMa students

If places available, also open to

All

Application/registration deadline

TBA

About the topic

The question of hermeneutics in politics covers four important and interrelated lines. The first has to do with the question of the relations between power (on the side of politics) and force (on the side of nature): should we cash out this distinction in terms of the distinction of meaning and objectivity and what are the consequences? The second has to do with the question of pluralism and cohesion in politics: if politics is determined as a realm of meaning (and not of truth), should we say that this offers resources to evade polarisation and ground pluralism and toleration? The third has to do with the question of political agency: is the political art something like an art of reading and writing, and if so, what are the implications? Finally, it has to do with the relations between morality and politics: if politics is best defined as a field of interpretations, does it make it independent from (some forms of) moral systems? The course will address some of the foundational moments and debates around these questions from throughout the history of philosophy.

Aim / objective

The course is meant to be of interest to historians of any period of political thought. You will gain insight on the history of the role of discourse (both linguistic and non-linguistic) in politics, with emphasis on its relations with the question of force, and the role of truth and moral truth in the constitution of the political imaginary.

Program

The program will consist of three keynote speakers, and presentations by PhD Candidates and students (see ‘abstract submission’ below)

Key note speakers

  • Jacques Bos (UvA)
  • Eric Schliesser (UvA)
  • Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach (VU)

Abstract submission

Call for Presentations

The program will consist of three keynote speakers, and presentations by PhD Candidates and students. ReMA and PhD students are invited to submit a project for a 1-hour session ( one 30-minute presentation and 30 minutes Q&A) on a topic broadly related to the history and hermeneutics of political philosophy. To submit, please email Dr. Frank Chouraqui (Leiden University) at f.chouraqui@phil.leidenuniv.nl, with a one-paragraph abstract and a short biographical note, by Monday September 9th, 2024.

 

Required preparations

The preparations will consist of readings, assignments, participation and papers.

Last updated on February 20, 2023

Certificate / credit points

For this course participants can earn a certificate after successful completion. Please note, however, that the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. For more info please see https://www.ozsw.nl/request-certificate/. The study load for this activity is: 1-2,5 EC.

Participants will receive 1 EC upon completion, they can earn 1 additional EC by submitting a 4000 essay within six weeks after the event to f.chouraqui@phil.leidenuniv.nl. This will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Presenters will receive 2,5 credits upon completion.

Costs

Attendance is free for PhD candidates and ReMa students who are members of the OZSW or another Research School in Humanities.

Attendance is 300 euros for all others.

How to apply / register

Please register for the course via this link.

If registration has been closed because the maximum amount of participants has been reached, you can submit your name to the waiting list by sending an email to assistan.director@ozsw.nl. Please also indicate whether you are a ReMa student or PhD candidate and whether you are a member of the OZSW or not.

Registration/application form

If registration has been closed because the maximum amount of participants has been reached, you can submit your name to the waiting list by sending an email to secretariaat@ozsw.nl. Please also indicate whether you are a ReMa student or PhD candidate and whether you are a member of the OZSW or not.

Cancellation and registration policy

Organizers

Frank Chouraqui, Leiden University, f.chouraqui@phil.leidenuniv.nl