Rethinking Europe. A workshop on Political Philosophy

The workshop aims to serve as a place for reflection, discussion and innovation towards theories of Government, the limits and the potential of Democracy, Public Sphere, the tensions between Civil and Civic and between Society and State.

Organised by

Centre for Critical Philosophy in cooperation with the Centre de Philosophie du Droit (UCL)

3 February 2011


Ghent University
Department of Philosophy & Moral Science
Room 2.19
Blandijnberg 2
B-9000 Ghent

Schedule of the Workshop

9:30: Reception

9:45: Welcome Words by Prof. Dr. Gertrudis Van de Vijver, director of the Centre for Critical Philosophy.

1st Section 10:00 - 11:30: Re-thinking theories of Society and State

Delia Popa & Benoît Kanabus (Centre de Philosophie du Droit, UCL)
The social critique in the light of the practical phenomenology.

Alain Loute & Fabio Bruschi (Centre de Philosophie du Droit, UCL)
The ideal-realistic method of Georges Gurvitch: an intellectual intervention aimed at instituting the social right.

 Coffee break

2nd Section 11:45 - 13:15: Re-thinking the European Legacy.

Emiliano Acosta (Centre for Critical Philosophy, Ghent University)
The function of 17th and 18th century Freemasonry as a socio-political institution in the development of the European Enlightenment.

Boris Demarest (Centre for Critical Philosophy, Ghent University)
The Ideal (of) Democracy. Multitude and Multiplicity in Spinoza's Political Ontology

 LUNCH (offered by the Organization)

 3rd Section 14:30 - 16:00: Re-thinking the European Union I

Franc Rottiers (Centre for Critical Philosophy, Ghent University)
Illegal democratic justice.

Marco Bazzan (Università di Padova/ Université de Toulouse Le Mirail).
"About Europhilosophy: project and challenges"

 Coffee break

 4th Section: 16:15 – 17:45: Re-thinking the European Union II

Henk Vandaele (Centre for Critical Philosophy, Ghent University)
A critical analysis of the European Council as a mediator for a European Union.

Markus Wirtz (University of Cologne)
Europe's marginalization - a philosophical threat? Reflections between Derrida, Habermas and Sloterdijk

 Coffee break

 18:00 – 18:45: Prof. Dr. Marc Maesschalck (closing presentation)

19:00: DINNER (at one’s own expense)