The Westminster Law and Theory Lab invites you to the book launch and drinks reception for Riccardo Baldissone’s new book, ‘Farewell to freedom: A Western genealogy of liberty’, published open access by University of Westminster Press. Download free here.
Date, Time, Place: Friday 23 November 2018, 6-8pm, University of Westminster, The Pavilion, 115 New Cavendish St.
Entrance Free. Book here.
From Homeric poems to contemporary works, Farewell to freedom traces the words that express the various notions of freedom in Classical Greek, Latin, and medieval and modern European idioms. Examining writers as varied as Plato, Aristotle, Luther, La Boétie, Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, Stirner, Marx, Nietzsche, and Foucault among others, this theoretical mapping shows old and new boundaries of the horizon of freedom. The book suggests the possibility of transcending these boundaries on the basis of a different theorisation of human interactions, which constructs individual and collective subjects as processes rather than entities. This construction shifts and disseminates the very locus of freedom, whose vocabulary would be better recast as a relational middle path between autonomous and heteronomous alternatives.
1. Dr Elena Loizidou Birkbeck Law School
2, Prof Saul Newman Politics and International Relations Goldsmiths
3. Prof Nathan Widder Politics and International Relations Royal Holloway
Prof Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos: Chair
The Westminster Law & Theory Lab and University of Westminster Press
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