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Public lecture and discussion on “SYSTEMIC SUFFERING AS A CRITICAL TOOL" by Alessandro Pinzani

Dienstag, 21.05.2019

Public lecture Dienstag 21. Mai, 15:30, SR 09.53 (Heinrichstrasse 26/V)

 

Herzliche Einladung zur Public Lecture und Diskussion von und mit Prof. Alessandro Pinzani über seine Arbeit zu “SYSTEMIC SUFFERING AS A CRITICAL TOOL". Prof. Pinzani ist derzeitiger Gastprofessor und Lehrveranstaltungsleiter des sehr interessanten und aufschlussreichen PELP Graduate Seminar: Poverty.

Vortrag in englischer Sprache. Diskussion in Deutsch und Englisch möglich.

 

Alessandro Pinzani (Professor for ethics and political philosophy at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil):

Public lecture and discussion on his recent work concerning “SYSTEMIC SUFFERING AS A CRITICAL TOOL"

21. Mai, 15:30, SR 09.53 (Heinrichstrasse 26/V)

 

Abstract: In this paper I will discuss whether the concept of social suffering can serve as a tool for a critical theory of society. I will evaluate different ways of defining the concept, trying to identify the elements that allow distinguishing between individual and social suffering and I will suggest to adopt in its place the concept of systemic suffering, which shifts our attention from the suffering provoked by the behavior of social actors to the suffering provoked by the very way in which society is structured and to the historical dimension of the process through which social structures have come into being.

Biography: Alessandro Pinzani is professor for ethics and political philosophy at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis (Brazil) and since 2006 he is a fellow researcher of CNPq (Brazilian Research Council). He got his PhD and Habilitation in Philosophy at the University of Tübingen. Visiting professor at the Catholic University of Porto Alegre, Brazil (2001), at the universities of Dresden (2013), Bochum (2016) and Graz (2019) as well as at the Czech Academy of Sciences (2019). Visiting scholar at Columbia University, NY (2001/02), at the Humboldt University, Berlin (2010) and at the University of Florence (2015/16).

His main areas of interest are: Critical Theory, theories of justice; theories of poverty; neoliberalism; modern political philosophy; Kant’s political thinking.

Among his books: Jürgen Habermas (München: Beck, 2007), An den Wurzeln moderner Demokratie (Berlin: Akademie, 2009), Money, Autonomy, and Citizenship (with W. Leão Rego, Dordrecht: Springer, 2018).

 

Für Nachfragen: gregor.berger@uni-graz.at

 

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