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Social and Political Thought Research Seminar


January 11th Geoffrey M. Hodgson (Hertfordshire): “The Evolution of Morality and the End of Economic Man”

January 18th Andrew Edgar (Cardiff): “The Social Facticity and Autonomy of Sport: Discovering Adorno’s Critical Theory of Sport”

January 25th Alana Lentin (Sussex): “Good and Bad Diversity: The Crises of Multiculturalism as a
Crisis of Politics”

February 1st Sean Sayers (Kent): “Marx and Ethics”

February 8th Christopher Norris (Cardiff): Platonism in Music

February 15th Göran Therborn (Cambridge): “Cities of Power: How Power Manifests Itself in Built Forms”

February 22nd Samuel Knafo (Sussex): “Beyond the False Promise of Reflexivity : Towards a Methodology for Critical Theory”

February 29th Sue Currell (Sussex): “Social Work and Eugenic Resettlement in 1930s America: A Case Study in the Failure of Welfare

March 7th Graduate work in progress seminar

March 14th Darian Meacham (UWE): “L’Être hétérosexual c’est être homosexual médiatement’ (and other properly liberal ideas)” Read more

Valuing the Humanities

Valuing the Humanities (Podcast available here.)

A panel discussion organised by the British Philosophical Association with:

Martha Nussbaum (Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and
Ethics, University of Chicago)

Lord Rees of Ludlow (President of the Royal Society, Astronomer Royal, Master
of Trinity College Cambridge)

Richard Smith (Former editor, British Medical Journal; Director, Ovations

James Ladyman (Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol; co-editor,
British Journal of the Philosophy of Science)

Friday 17 December, 2.30-5.00pm
Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, Clement House,
London School of Economics, Aldwych
Followed by a reception in the Senior Common Room

All Welcome. Download the poster here.

Podcast now available here.




As part of the event, WHY HUMANITIES? Onora O’Neill gave the following talk
on 4 November 2010, in Senate House, London held by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

You can find Onora O’Neill’s speech here:

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Talks in 2010

October 13th, 2010

“Education toward Heteronomy: University Reform and the Relevance of Critical Theory”

SPT Research Seminar: University of Sussex, Fulton 217 5-7 p.m. All Welcome.


October 26th, 2010

“The Work of Art and the Promise of Happiness in Adorno”

Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature & The Arts,

University of Warwick, 5.30-7.00 pm in room S 0.11, Social Studies Building.


November 13th, 2010

“Education toward Heteronomy: University Reform and the Relevance of Critical Theory”

Philosophy of Education Research Seminar Series.

Institute of Education, University of London.

5.30-7.15 p.m. Venue T.B.C.

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Social and Political Thought Research Seminar 2010-11

This year the Students have taken over the SPT Graduate Research Seminar.

Everyone is invited. AS the THE World University Rankings explained, Sussex is the 16th best University in Europe and “is famous for its world-leading chemistry department and radical leftist theory.” Enough said.

Seminars will be held in Fulton Building on Wednesdays during term:

13 Oct.     Gordon Finlayson (Sussex) “Education towards Heteronomy: A Critical Analysis of the Reform of UK Universities since 1978.”
20 Oct      Michael Albert, “Participatory Economics:  Imagining a Humane, Efficient, and Sustainable Economy” noon
27 Oct      David Owen (Southampton) “Realist Lost. Reality Regained.? Ethics and Politics in the Imagination of Raymond Geuss”
3 Nov       Leena Petersen (Sussex) “The Neglected Dimension. On a Critique of Life and Form”
10 Nov      t.b.a.
17 Nov      Andrew Chitty (Sussex) Fichte, “Marx and Alienation”
24 Nov      t.b.a.
1 Dec       Tarik Kochi (Sussex) ‘Recognition and the Other’s War’.

Other Speakers this year will include

Chris Arthur

Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi

Goran Therborn

Ruth Kinna

Goran Theborn

Alberto Toscano

Peter Thomas

Darrow Schecter


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Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference

Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference
Thursday 13 May 2010
University of Sussex Centre for Literature and Philosophy

‘Utopia, Dystopia and Critical Theory’
A one-day Interdisciplinary Conference for Postgraduate and Research Students

Keynote Speakers:
Peter Osborne (Middlesex)
Nina Power (Roehampton)
Keston Sutherland (Sussex)

Please see further details and register to attend at:
or email

-registration is free of charge
-book soon to avoid disappointment as places are limited

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in Studies in Social & Political Thought, a graduate journal published by the Centre for Social and Political Theory at the University of Sussex since 1990 (

‘Knowledge has no light except that shed on the world by redemption’
(Adorno, Minima Moralia)

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