Slavoj Žižek on Hegel at Birkbeck College


I could not miss that event. I would go for Slavoj Žižek’s lectures (2-4 December, 2015) even if their topic was not Hegel, but Kinder Surprise egg. That is so because what is fascinating about Slovenian philosopher is his unmistakable mode of looking at reality – from awry, as says the title of one of his books – that enables him to draw dazzling conclusions on almost every topic.

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Charles Taylor on Democracy, Diversity, and Religion


Charles Taylor, who has turned 84 just last month, easily makes it to every list of the most influential living philosophers. His most acclaimed book, “Sources of the self”, placed him among communitarian thinkers, but his scope is much wider than that. Not only he has written much on social and political philosophy, but also on the intellectual history, on philosophy of social sciences and, especially, on religion. Two months ago all these contribution were recognized when he, along with Jürgen Habermas, was awarded John W. Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the study of humanity.

His Quebec lecture at the London School of Economics on 1 December was entitled “Democracy, Diversity, Religion” (it can be downloaded from LSE website), and aimed at showing how the experience of the Canadian province in managing its very diverse minorities can help address similar problems in other Western societies. (As it turned out, Taylor is sceptical about the possibility of generalizing the Québécois solutions.)

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On Quentin Skinner in “Przegląd Polityczny”


In the latest issue of “Przegląd Polityczny” (“The Political Review”) you can find a transcript of the debate between Quentin Skinner and Michael Freeden. The debate took place in October 2014 at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

The transcript is acompanied by essays presenting the profiles of the debaters. Łukasz Dulęba writes about Michael Freeden, while I outline a career of Quentin Skinner. The latter essay, entitled “Quentin Skinner: historian and context”, is available (in Polish) on the website of “Przegląd Polityczny”.

It is difficult to overemphasise the importance of “Przegląd Polityczny” in introducing the most important political philosophers and thinkers to Polish readers. I must confess that I am very proud and happy to get my text published in that particular journal.