Freie Universität Berlin


Global Humanities Distinguished Lecture mit Philippe Roger

27.05.2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

The Dilemma of Sacrifice in French Thought, From the Enlightenment to the Revolution

Philippe Roger ist Directeur d’Études an der École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Social (Paris) und Global Distinguished Professor of French an der New York University. Er wird im Rahmen eines Global Humanities Senior Research and Teaching Stay im Mai 2016 in Berlin sein.

The Age of Enlightenment has been highly suspicious of the notions of sacrifice and self-sacrifice, which were deemed to be intrinsically linked to a ‘religious’ or ‘supersitious’ way of thinking. A major paradox of modern Western cultural history is the strong revival of those notions at the very end of the XVIIIth century, in the wake of the French Revolution. While the French Revolution appears, on many grounds, as an ideological heir to the Enlightenment, it also provided a favourable context for reactivating and rephrasing the discourses of sacrifice and self-sacrifice as political discourses, thus creating a new link between politics and sacralisation. In many respects, we still live with this ambiguous heritage.

Zusätzlich zum Vortrag wird es einen Workshop mit Philippe Roger am Nachmittag geben:

Reshaping ‘Sacrifice’ in the Encyclopédie

Freitag, 27. Mai 2016; 14:00 – 16:00 Uhr

Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache.

This workshop will focus on the treatment of the notion of sacrifice in Diderot’s Encyclopédie. Two articles in particular, "Sacrifice" and "Dévouement", will allow us to analyze the strategies put at work by the Encyclopedists to question, dismiss, reshape and secularize the religious notion of sacrifice. If time allows, we might want to evoke Rousseau’s contrasting views and personal claim on sacrifice.

Zeit & Ort

27.05.2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Freie Universität Berlin
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin-Dahlem

Raum L115

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Ansprechpartner: Stephanie Röwe und Simon Godart