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UCD Belfield Sutherland Building (7 June)

Royal Irish Academy Dawson Street (8 June)

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Freedom Today

Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 June, 2016

Venue: University College Dublin (7 June) & Royal Irish Academy, Dublin (8 June)

A conference on the occasion of the award of the Ulysses Medal to Professor Axel Honneth (presented to individuals who have made an outstanding international contribution). Axel Honneth is to be awarded the Ulysses Medal at University College Dublin on 7 June 2016, 5pm. The award will be followed by a public lecture by Prof Honneth and a reception.

Speakers include: Axel Honneth, Frederick Neuhouser, Beate Rössler, Brian O‘Connor, Lois McNay, Volker Heins, Regina Kreide, Timo Jütten, Bill Scheuerman, Daniel Loick, Shane O’Neill, Georg Lohmann, David Owen, Uday Mehta, Martin Sauter, Iseult Honohan, Jörg Schaub, Maria Pia Lara, Kevin Olson, Robin Celikates, Cillian McBride, Peter White and Christopher Zurn.

Organized by Maeve Cooke and Danielle Petherbridge

For general enquiries contact danielle.petherbridge@ucd.ie

Sponsored by the Irish Research Council and the European Commission (Marie Curie Actions) as part of the Encountering the Other project.

Hosted by School of Philosophy, University College Dublin (see http://www.ucd.ie/philosophy/newsandevents/). With the generous support of UCD College of Law and Social Sciences, UCD School of Philosophy.


Conference Program

Tuesday 7 June: Venue Sutherland Law Building, University College Dublin, Belfield

9.15-9.30: Opening address by Colin Scott

9.30-11.30: Panel 1: Freedom Today: Conceptual Issues (Chair: Maeve Cooke)

Fred Neuhouser, ‘The Dialectic of Freedom in Freedom's Right

Beate Rössler, ‘Kantian Freedom and its Social Preconditions’

Brian O’Connor, ‘The Contestability Problem'

Lois McNay, ‘Gender Inequality in a Hegelian Frame’

11.30-12.00: Coffee/tea break

12.00-1.30: Panel 2: Freedom and Socialism (Chair: Danielle Petherbridge)

Volker Heins, ‘Honneth's Utopian Socialism’

Regina Kreide, ‘Socialism and Democracy: An Unconventional Couple’

Timo Jütten, ‘The Antinomy of Capitalism’

1.30-2.30: Lunch

2.30–4.30: Panel 3: Freedom, Law and Global Justice (Chair: Maeve Cooke)

Bill Scheuerman, ‘What's so Bad about 'Legalism'? Critical Reflections on Freedom's Right

Daniel Loick, ‘Tasks of a Critical Theory of Law’

Georg Lohmann, ‘The Brittle Protection of Legal Freedom’

Shane O’Neill, ‘The Fabric of Global Justice’

4.30-5.00: Coffee/tea break

5.00-5.30. Award of the Ulysses Medal to Axel Honneth (Chair: M. Cooke)

5.30-7.00. Public Lecture by Axel Honneth on Social Freedom, Morality and Markets
Responses by John FitzGerald and Maeve Cooke (Chair: D.Petherbridge)

7.00 – 8.00: Wine reception at UCD

Wednesday June 8: Venue Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin City Centre

10.00 –12.00: Panel 4: Imagining Freedom (Chair: Maeve Cooke)

Jörg Schaub, ‘The Aesthetic Dimensions of Freedom and Politics: On the Encounter between Honneth and Rancière’

Odin Lysaker, ‘Freedom in the Anthropocene: Axel Honneth on Ecological Crisis’

Maria Pia Lara, ‘Imaginative Agents: Enabling Freedom’

Kevin Olson, ‘Imagining Freedom at the End of Colonialism’

12.00 – 1.15: Lunch

1.15 – 3.15: Panel 5: Freedom and Politics (Chair: Maeve Cooke)

Robin Celikates, “Struggling for Freedom: Institutional Achievements vs. Collective Movements?”

Cillian McBride, 'Recognition, Non-domination, and Political Freedom'

Christopher Zurn, "Between the Ideals of Democratic Social Freedom and the Reality of Exclusionary Political Enthusiasm"

David Owen, ‘An Agonistic Conception of Freedom’

3.15 – 3.35: Coffee/tea break

3.35 – 5.35: Panel 6: Alternative Models of Freedom (Chair: Danielle Petherbridge)

Uday Metha, ‘Gandhi and the Practice of Freedom’

Martin Sauter, ‘‘I shall be released ...’’ From Liberation Myth to Messianic Fulfilment’

Peter White, ‘Trussed in the State of Things’

Iseult Honohan, 'Republican Freedom Today'

5.35 - 6.00: Coffee/tea break

6 – 7.30 pm: The Idea of a Republic. Freedom and Politics

(Constitutional Conversation: Chair Maeve Cooke)

7.30-8.25pm: Wine Reception (Royal Irish Academy)

Freedom Today Conference -- Sponsored by the Irish Research Council and the European Commission (Marie Curie Actions) as part of the Encountering the Other Project #LoveIrishResearch. With generous support from the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law and The School of Philosophy

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UCD Belfield Sutherland Building (7 June)

Royal Irish Academy Dawson Street (8 June)

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