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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Human Beings in the Middle of the World on the Verge of Themselves: philosophical anthropology in the Anthropocene

23rd January 2018, 17:30 to 18:30, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Professor Sverre RaffnsĂže (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

The Anthropocene is heralded as a new epoch distinguishing itself from all foregoing eons in the history of the Earth. It is characterized by the overarching importance of the human species in a number of respects, but also by the recognition of human dependence and precariousness. A critical human turn affecting the human condition is still in the process of arriving in the wake of an initial Copernican Revolution and Kant’s ensuing second Copernican Counter-revolution.

Within this landscape, issues concerning the human - its finitude, responsiveness, responsibility, maturity, auto-affection and relationship to itself - appear rephrased and re-accentuated as decisive probing questions. Concomitantly, the change has ramifications for the kinds of knowledge that can be acquired concerning human beings and for philosophical anthropology as a study of human existential beings in the world.

Sverre Raffnsøe is Professor of Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School and Editor-in-chief of Foucault Studies. In addition to Michel Foucault. A Research Companion. Philosophy as Diagnosis of the Present (Palgrave 2016), and Philosophy of the Anthropocene. The Human Turn (Palgrave 2016), he is the author and editor of books and articles on aesthetics, social philosophy and recent French and German philosophy.

This lecture is free and open to all.

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