Tim Huzar - 'Adriana Cavarero's Notion of Horrorism'
In this presentation I introduce Adriana Cavarero's notion of "horrorism". Following Arendt, Cavarero claims that horrorism is an "ontological crime" concerned with the killing of human uniqueness. In particular she distinguishes the notion from terrorism, arguing that horrorism carries more ethical valence in that the term speaks from the perspective of those who are exposed to violence, not from the perspective of those who enact it.
Anna Rajala -‘Formula Comitis Archiatrorum - an archetypal code of medical ethics?’
Formula Comitis Archiatrorum, a medieval document, has been claimed by some recent empirical medical publications to be the earliest known code of medical ethics. This raises immediate suspicion: if the claim is true, what is its relation to Hellenic, Hellenistic and Roman deotological medical writings? Why research on such an important document is nonexistent? I shall shown that that the claims made are based on a misreading of sources. By reading the Formula against earlier medical texts I also show that its significance has been exaggerated. More interestingly perhaps, I ask what authority does the introductory remarks on listing 'firsts' and 'archetypes' have? What does it tell about the position of theoretical in empirical medical ethics research?
Lars Cornelissen - ‘Sovereignty, Government, Neoliberalism: Some Initial Thoughts’
Thinking about the relation between neoliberalism and democracy prompts us to consider the history of democracy (its practices, its institutions, its language, and reflection on these three) in combination with the history of neoliberalism. The wager of my dissertation is that only by considering these two histories together will we be able to grasp the relation between neoliberalism and democracy and the specific shape it takes today.
In the present paper I want to make a first attempt at bringing these two histories together by posing and confronting the problem of the relationship between sovereignty and government, which is one of the central problems of modern democratic theory. I will very schematically introduce this problem, trace its history, and will then voice some of my intuitions and thoughts on how neoliberalism relates to this dichotomy in order to arrive at some problems and questions that will guide my research into this topic.
17th November - 12:30
Afxentis Afxentiou - 'Drone Counterinsurgency: History and Theory'
Ian Sinclair - TBC
Megan Archer - TBC
Andrea Garcia Gonzalez - ‘Approaching reconciliation in the Basque Country’