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.