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Spinoza Lecture Sally Haslanger
9 April 2015 @ 20:15 - 21:15
Sally Haslanger will hold the Spinoza Chair at the Department of Philosophy
of the University of Amsterdam in the second term of the academic year
2014-2015 and will be delivering the accompanying two Spinoza Lectures on
‘Critical Theory and Practice’.
Haslanger’s first Spinoza Lecture is entitled ‘Ideology and Materiality’.
Social life is ideologically governed. Our actions and interactions are both
constrained and enabled by cultural schemas. It is tempting to conclude that
the social world is, therefore, mind-dependent and, perhaps, less than fully
objective. However, ideology works through social practices that engage,
produce, and reproduce the material world. As a result, our schemas are
reflected in and reinforced by the world around us. The lecture examines
ways in which ideology is, instead, dependent on the objectivity and the
materiality of the social world, and the implications of this for social
Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and
Gender Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her most recent
book, Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique (Oxford
2012) received the Joseph B. Gittler Award for outstanding scholarly work in
the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences. Haslanger earned her
PhD at the University of California-Berkeley (1985) after receiving an MA at
the University of Virginia (1979) and a BA at Reed College (1977).
Date and time: Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 20:15. The Aula will open at
Location: Aula of the University of Amsterdam, Oude Lutherse kerk, Singel
Admission is free (no reservation required).
On Thursday, May 21, Haslanger will give the second Spinoza Lecture entitled
‘Ideology and Morality’.
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