Conference: Re-inventing Liberal Universalisms

Conference: Re-inventing Liberal Universalisms

26-27 February 2018, University of Greifswald

Liberalism, even when considered as a manifold and plural political ideology, is still widely regarded as having universal reach in its concepts and arguments. “Universal” here refers to the interweaving of abstract terms assuring continuity throughout fluctuating political agendas. Due to the important role of rationality in liberal anthropology, liberal arguments are also universal and comprehensive in claiming plausibility irrespective of linguistic, cultural or political borders. Still, from a rhetorical perspective, the tension between universal and context-bound claims has remained a constant challenge for liberalism.

Keynote by Prof. Michael Freeden (SOAS University of London and University of Oxford).

Organisers: Working Group Languages and Ideologies. COST Action CA 16211 RECAST: Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy in Europe, Concepta: International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought, Department of Political Science & Communication Studies, University of Greifswald

For further information, see the conference website.


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