Skip to content Exit mobile menu

Futures of History Seminar at St Mary's

Events article section heading

Futures of History Seminar at St Mary's

Date:
Thursday 12 March 2015
Image:

Berlin's Invisible Omelettes: Human Nature and the Before Now

Where: St Mary's University, Twickenham, Senior Common Room When: Thursday 12th March, 2015, 2pm Speaker: Stephen Rainey Contact: For more information please contact claire.norton@stmarys.ac.uk or mark.donnelly@stmarys.ac.uk Abstract: Isaiah Berlin champions a sort of humanism inspired by Tolstoy to replace a C17th view of human nature. This comes through in his analysis of Giambattista Vico and Johann Gottfried von Herder. This analysis presents us with a way of looking at history in an unsettled, value-laden and contestable way. Whilst Berlin might be right about this view of history, it isn't clear that his argument supports his conclusion. Specifically, it looks like Berlin remakes the mistakes of C17th thinkers like Descartes and posits a sort of human nature to underwrite his interpretive, postmodern history.
SHARE TwitterFacebookLinkedin
Date:
Thursday 12 March 2015

Find out more

For more information about this event please email conferences@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 8219.

disabled-go
SHARE TwitterFacebookLinkedin