Joseph Bien, University of Missouri, Columbia, United States
Heinz Paetzold, University of Kassel, Germany
Gerard Raulet, Maison des sciences de l homme, France
Dates: March 29 - April 2, 2004
The course will concern itself with several issues that are central to contemporary political thought and that will require a rethinking of history. This is especially important when considering Kantian cosmopolitanism and the ends of history implied in his political philosophy. Such matters are also reflected in talk concerning the nation state and what might follow, for example the 'post-national constellation', caused by processes of globalization as the decisive element of contemporary economy, culture and politics. This must include a rethinking of the question of emancipation as the notion of revolution has been partly discredited. All the above might be seen within the broader framework of the discussions on democracy and sovereignty. Such matters include talk of religious movements and fundamentalism as a political force. Michael Hardt's and Antonio Negri's Empire shed light on many of the above questions.