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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

About Time Public Lecture: Cosmopolitan Times

23rd April 2013, 18:15 to 19:15, Holgate Room, Grey College, Durham University, Professor Kim Hutchings (London School of Economics)


This lecture examines the temporal assumptions inherent in arguments for moral and political cosmopolitanism. It focuses in particular on recent cosmopolitan arguments surrounding the pros and cons of military humanitarian intervention. The lecture argues that a major problem with cosmopolitan frameworks of judgement in international ethics is their unacknowledged reliance on a singular temporality and makes a case for a new ‘heterotemporal’ approach to normative thinking about humanitarian intervention.

Kimberly Hutchings is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. Her interests encompass international political theory, global ethics, feminist ethical and political theory and the philosophies of Kant and Hegel. She is the author of Kant, Critique and Politics (1996), International Political Theory: rethinking ethics in a global era (1998); Hegel and Feminist Philosophy (2003); Time and World Politics: thinking the present (2008) and Global Ethics: an introduction (2010). Her current work includes a joint project (with Elizabeth Frazer) on conceptual histories of violence and politics, and on-going work on temporalities of judgment in international ethics.



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