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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Critical Theory as Political Philosophy? Reflections on Honneth and Hegelianism


Tuesday, March 18, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Higgins Hall, Room 300

with Robert Pippin
University of Chicago

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about the speaker



Robert Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Chicago.

Working primarily within the German philosophical tradition, Professor Pippin has written extensively on self-consciousness, conceptual change, freedom, and issues within political philosophy. He is a leading scholar of several philosophers, including Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, Marcel Proust, Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, and Henry James. Notably, however, his scholarship also extends to both ancient philosophy and critical theory, and his works have explored several interdisciplinary subjects, such as literature, modern art, and film.

Professor Pippin holds a B.A. from Trinity College and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Currently a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society, he has also been an Alexander von Humboldt fellow and a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Among others, his books include Hegel's Idealism: The Satisfactions of Self-Consciousness (1989), Modernism as a Philosophical Problem: On the Dissatisfactions of European High Culture (1991), Nietzsche, Psychology, and First Philosophy (2011), and Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy (2013).