Philosophy Symposium: Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò – News


Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, will present “Subjective Security” on Thursday 11 November at 5 pm. He will present on Zoom. Some people chose to attend the presentation together in Stevenson Room 121. Others are welcome. If you want to participate via Zoom, the meeting ID is 987 6817 6720.

ABSTRACT: The distinction between “negative” and “positive” freedom concerns the relations of the political and ethical subject with himself and with others. Materialists have tended to focus more on the direct contribution of the social circumstances in which the subject finds himself (eg its relation to the means of production and the means of subsistence). In this talk, I attempt a strategy for reconciling the first objective with the second, a strategy rooted in the political ideal of self-determination, which I associate with this latter group of thought. I will attempt to describe subjective security as a resource that allows a person to span across time, institutions, and people in a vital way to secure their freedom and outline some political implications from this point of view.


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