Faculty Lecture at Swarthmore College

Open to the college community and the public:

"Historical Understanding and Political Ideals:
Kant and Benjamin"

Richard Eldridge - Professor of Philosophy

Thursday, 3 February 2011
Scheuer Room - Swarthmore College

This talk takes up the following questions:
    1) How do historical narratives explain events and provide understanding? 2) What is the role of political ideals in the framing of historical narratives? 3) How, for both Kant and Benjamin, does historical narrative play an essential role in furthering the task of (critical) philosophy? 4) What are the specific, opposed conceptions of historical understanding and ideal political life held by Kant and Benjamin?