Francis Fukuyama

04 July 2017
Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo
19. 30 h

Francis Fukuyama
Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Mosbacher Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law



Asim Mujkić, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo
Petar Bojanić – Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory Belgrade, CAS UNIRI
Gruia Badescu; Mateja Kurir-Borovčić; Gregor Moder; Marija Ott-Franolić; Nataša Sardžoski; Marek Silvazsi –Center for Advanced Studies Fellows University of Rijeka (CAS UNIRI)
Marjan Ivković – Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory Belgrade
Gazela Pudar Draško – Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory Belgrade
Damir Kapidžić, Nerzuk Ćurak, Nermina Mujagić, Hamza Karčić
– Faculty of Political Sciencies, Sarajevo

Francis Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His book, The End of History and the Last Man, was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. Fukuyama’s “end of history” thesis was an influential attempt to make sense of the post-cold-war world. In this discussion, Fukuyama will reflect on his ideas and if they survived the tides of criticism and political change.

Francis Fukuyama received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State. He previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University and at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. He served as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001-2004. Dr. Fukuyama is chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005. He is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, and a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Center for Global Development. He holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), Kansai University (Japan), Aarhus University (Denmark), and the Pardee Rand Graduate School. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, and a member of the advisory board for the Journal of Democracy. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pacific Council for International Affairs.
Organizers: Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo; Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade; Center for Advanced Studies for Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka.

Raymond Geuss

 Raymond Geuss

On the Concept of Utopia

Friday, February 26 2016, 19h

The Cultural Centre of Belgrade, the Artget Gallery, 5 Republic Square

Relying principally on the analysis of Thomas More’s Utopia from 1516, the lecture will reconstruct the key characteristics of the notion of “utopia”, together with its somewhat changing meaning throughout the history of philosophy, and explore the relevance and the potential of utopian thinking as a basis for contemporary political theory and action. The lecture will seek to problematize commonly accepted idea about utopia as wishful thinking, arguing that characteristics of utopian thinking, like “exaggeration” or “projections”, are in fact normal, even constitutive elements of critical thinking about the existing social orders and reflections on possible alternatives, as well as part of human cognitive processes in general. Relying on the specific interpretation of the notion of “realism” in the context of contemporary philosophy and political theory, the lecture will seek to demonstrate that utopian thinking is not incompatible with the realist approach to theoretical analysis and action within the political reality.



Saturday, February 27, 10.30h

The Conference room, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

Kraljice Natalije 45

On Saturday, Feb 27 at 10.30h, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory will organize a seminar with Raymond Geuss entitled „Utopian Thought between Words and Action“.

Seminar will be hosted by Marjan Ivković and Srđan Prodanović (IFDT, Belgrade) with the participation of Igor Cvejić, Rastko Jovanov, Predrag Krstić, Mark Lošonc, Aleksandar Matković, Predrag Milidrag, Tamara Petrović Trifunović, Gazela Pudar Draško, Željko Radinković, Bojana Radovanović i Adriana Zaharijević (IFDT, Belgrade), Đorđe Pavićević (Faculty of Political Science, Belgrade), Jelena Pešić and Božidar Filipović (Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade).

Raymond Geuss is a world-renowned political philosopher and Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge. His research encompasses political philosophy, Critical Theory, ethics, and the history of European Continental philosophy of the 19th and 20th century, and is considered to be one of the most influential representatives of the school of Political Realism in contemporary Anglophone political philosophy.

Raymond Geuss was born in 1946 in Evansville, Indiana, USA. He took both his undergraduate degree (1966) and PhD (1971) from Columbia University, and he has subsequently taught at Columbia University, Princeton and University of Chicago, as well as the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg in Germany. Since 1993 Professor Geuss has taught at Cambridge University, where he has supervised the graduate work of several prominent scholars working in the history of continental philosophy, social and political philosophy and in the philosophy of art. Since 2011 he has been a fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Geuss has authored the following books in philosophy, four of which are collections of essays: The Idea of a Critical Theory (1981), Morality, Culture, and History (1999), Parrots, Poets, Philosophers, & Good Advice (1999), At Cross Purposes (2001), History and Illusion in Politics (2001), Public Goods, Private Goods (2001), Glueck und Politik (2004), Outside Ethics (2005), Philosophy and Real Politics (2008), Politics and the Imagination (2010), and A World Without Why (2014). Geuss has also co-edited two critical editions of works of Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy and Writings from the Early Notebooks. Together with Quentin Skinner, Raymond Geuss co-edits the Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought series of books. He has also published two collections of translations/adaptations of poetry from Ancient Greek, Latin and Old High German texts.

JEAN-LUC MARION, French philosopher and a member of the French Academy

The limits of phenomenality
Speaker: Jean-Luc Marion
Friday, December 4th 2015 – 18h
Belgrade, Kolarac, Studentski Trg 5

On the book The Erotic phenomenon
Jean-Luc Marion (Grasset 2003; Akademska knjiga 2015)
Participants from France: Claudia Serban and the author
Saturday, December 5th, 10-13h
Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Kraljice Natalije 45

Reduction and epokhé
Speaker: Jean-Luc Marion
Saturday, December 5th – 18h
Novi Sad, Faculty of Philosophy, dr Zorana Đinđića 2

Alessandro Ferrara, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata

Democracy Today and the Renewal of Political Liberalism

The lecture will include three sections. First, ten factors will be highlighted that have jointly contributed to make the larger social, historical, cultural and economic context where 21st century democracies must function more inhospitable than ever. Second, one of the main adaptive countermeasures, contained in the framework of Rawls’ “political liberalism”, will be reconstructed and argued to enable democratic regimes to survive and remain faithful to their distinctive idea of self-legislation on the part of the citizens. Finally, a number of suggestions will be offered for developing further the framework of “political liberalism” in the direction of a multivariate democratic polity sustained by an expanded and de-centered public ethos.

Alessandro Ferrara is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata), and former President of the Italian Association for Political Philosophy. He is the founder and Director of the Colloquium Philosophy & Society in Rome and the Director of the Center for the Study of Religions and Political Institutions in Post-Secular Society at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Since 1991 he has been a Director of the Yearly Conference on Philosophy and Social Science in Prague (formerly held at the Interuniversity Centre of Dubrovnik). Since 2007 prof. Ferrara is on the Executive Committee of the Istanbul Seminars on Religion and Politics, held under the auspices of the Association Reset – Dialogues of Civilizations. He also serves as editorial consultant on the board of a number of journals including Constellations, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Krisis, Balsa de la Medusa, Iris and The European Journal of Philosphy. Professor Ferrara received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984, and conducted research with Jürgen Habermas as a Von Humboldt Fellow in Munich and Frankfurt. He has lectured  in a number of universities and institutions, including Harvard University, Columbia University, Yale University, New School for Social Research, University College London (UCL), Oxford University, the Chinese Academy of Social Science and many others.

Professor Ferrara’s work revolves around the formulation of an authenticity- and judgment-based account of normative validity, which by way of incorporating a post-metaphysically reconstructed version of the normativity of Kant’s ’’reflective judgment’’, could be immune to anti-foundationalist objections and yet represent a viable alternative to the formalism of standard proceduralist accounts of normative validity. He is the author of  Modernity and Authenticity. A Study of the Social and Ethical Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1993 (transl. into Italian); Reflective Authenticity. Rethinking the Project of Modernity, 1998 (transl. into Italian and Spanish); Justice and Judgment. The Rise and the Prospect of the Judgment Model in Contemporary Political Philosophy, 1999 (transl. into Italian); The Force of the Example. Explorations in the Paradigm of Judgment, 2008 (transl. into Italian and Spanish) and The Democratic Horizon. Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism, 2014 (transl. into Spanish).

Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim, Ulrich Beck


Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory in association with Regional office of Heinrich-Böll Foundation and Cultural Centre of Belgrade organize



Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim


Thursday, November 13, 10–12h

Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Gallery Artget

Individualization and cosmopolitization are recent trends that bring about fundamental transformations of modern society. Today, the norms and beliefs in respect of what is right and proper in regard to personal lives multiply and compete with one another, new family models challenging older ones and opening up numerous questions regarding which model should be given priority. The effect is that the issue of rights and obligations turns into an arena of controversies, an issue of contested rights and obligations.



Ulrich Beck


Thursday, November 13, 15–17h

Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Gallery Artget

Europe is not a fixed condition, not a territorial unit, not a state, not a nation. In fact, there is no ‘Europe’, there is Europeanization, a process of on-going transformation, or metamorphosis: dissolving an old order and creating a new one – in a very specific sense: Europeanization is about politics of side-effects. The EU was founded not on the logic of war, as were states. It is a new kind of polity constructed in reaction to the risk of war and now, in reaction to the risk of economic collapse.



Ulrich Beck


Thursday, November 13, 19h

Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment

Opening remarks:

Petar Bojanić (IFDT, Belgrade University)

Andreas Poltermann (Heinrich-Böll Foundation)