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Europe is inseparable from its history. That history has been extensively studied in terms of its political history, its economic history, its religious history, its literary and cultural history, and so on. In this talk Simon Glendinning will explore the idea of pursuing a distinctively philosophical history of Europe. At issue is a history of Europe that focuses on what, in Europe’s history and identity, ties it to philosophy. Here we are concerned not with a distinctive history of philosophy in Europe, but the significance in Europe of a distinctive philosophy of history.
Simon Glendinning is Professor of European Philosophy and Head of the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His interests lie primarily in the phenomenological movement in Europe and its relation to phenomenological philosophy from the English-speaking world. As well as numerous articles, he is the author of On Being With Others: Heidegger – Derrida – Wittgenstein (Routledge, 1998), and editor of Arguing with Derrida (Blackwells, 2001) and the Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy (EUP, 1999).
Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. At St Antony's, he also directs the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom. He is the author of ten books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ including The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, & Prague, The File: A Personal History, In Europe’s Name, Facts are Subversive and Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World. He writes a column on international affairs in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated, and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, amongst other journals.#
Stephen Mulhall is Professor in Philosophy at Oxford and Russell H. Carpenter Fellow in Philosophy at New College, Oxford. His research interests include the philosophy of Wittgenstein; Post-Kantian French and German Philosophy (especially Heidegger, Sartre and Nietzsche); and philosophy and the arts (particularly literature and film). His most recent book The Ascetic Ideal: Genealogies of Life-Denial in Religion, Morality, Art, Science, and Philosophy was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press.
Kalypso Nicolaidis is Professor at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, and Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. She is chair of Southeastern European Studies at Oxford and Council member of the European Council of Foreign Relations. Her most recent books are A Citizen’s Guide to the Rule of Law – Why We Need to Fight for the Most Precious Human Inventions of All Time (with Adis Merdzanovic, 2021) and Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit (2019).