Philosophical Romanticism

Romanticism has been a conceptually very capacious movement over the centuries, originating in Europe in the realm of poetry, philosophy, art and music and finding echoes in many other parts of the world ever since - but, equally, tapping elements from other distant parts of the world, hitherto unknown to Europe. Nikolas Kompridis and Akeel Bilgrami will explore to what extent there might be political possibilities in this generous  conceptual  repertoire of Romanticism and to what extent these amount to an alliance between perspectives of the South and dissenting voices in the West seeking a critique and transformation of the political Enlightenment in a more radical direction.

Nikolas Kompridis is Research Professor in Philosophy and Political Thought, and the Director of the Institute for Social Justice at the Australian Catholic University. He is the author of Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory Between Past and FutureThe Aesthetic Turn in Political Thought, and Philosophical Romanticism, as well as many papers on various topics in philosophy and political theory.

Akeel Bilgrami is the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, where he is also a professor on the committee on global thought. His long-term work is on the relations between agency, value, and practical reason. He is the author of Belief and Meaning (1992), Self-Knowledge and Resentment (2006), and Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment (2014). He is due to publish two short books in the near future: What Is a Muslim? and Gandhi’s Integrity.

Rajeev Bhargava is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Monday, 6 February 2017
4.30 pm, CSDS Seminar Room