Quentin Skinner: “A Genealogy of Liberty”

Quentin Skinner presented his lecture as the 2008-2009 Una’s Lecturer at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley. Skinner is Barber Beaumon Chair in the Humanities at Queen Mary College, University of London, and Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of more than 20 books, and […]

Slavoj Žižek: What is freedom?

Slavoj Žižek asks whether we are free to live our lives as we want, or is our existence pre-determined? Is love ultimately all you need….? Žižek discusses freedom on the Guardian website here.

Kant and the Creation of Reality

The American Philosophers from the Transcendentalists to the Pragmatists were all following in the footsteps of the great German Idealist Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804). This isn’t too surprising because all of Western Philosophy follows in the footsteps of Kant. In 1781 Kant published The Critique of Pure Reason and rocked the world of philosophy. […]

The Social Genesis of Individual Practice

  Whilst Bourdieu’s concept of habitus provides some useful insights into the ‘social’ nature of our identities, it also presents some analytical shortcomings. In this paper I expose some of the theoretical deficiencies present in Bourdieu’s model and argue that these can be resolved by applying some of the insights of the Perfomative Theory of […]