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Block Seminar Sympathy, Science & the State: Aesthetic Ideologies of the Very Long 19th Century

Date: May 18 - 19, 2017
Schedule: 10am - 1pm
Venue: University of Lisbon | School of Arts and Humanities (Room D. Pedro V; Room 5.2.)
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Block Seminar Sympathy, Science & the State: Aesthetic Ideologies of the Very Long Nineteenth Century, dirigido por Ortwin de Greaef (KULeuven, Belgium)The Enlightenment ideology of sympathy (as philosophico-anthropological secular alternative to theo-teleological accounts of human sociality) is doubly dependent on the power of the aesthetic, which provides the possibility conditions for the experience of universal assent and informs the production of fictions fabricating such experience. In the course of the 19th century, the scientific articulation of  natural evolution as radical purposiveness-without-purpose and the increasing need to represent a massively expanding body of humans as citizens both complicate and reinforce this dependence. After introducing the basics of the ideology of sympathy, this seminar focusses on its circulation in writings by Matthew Arnold, Thomas Henry Huxley and H.G. Wells, three 19th - century men of letters who emphatically profiled themselves (next to their occupations as poet and critic, scientist and novelist) as public intellectuals. Despite, and because of, this 19 -century focus, Post-Truth, Trump and Brexit will be hard to avoid.

This seminar is an open event, but registration is mandatory. Please register by email ( This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it ) until May 15, 2017.

Activity organized in the scoped of PhD-COMP - International PHD Programme in Comparative Studies.

 






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