24/04/2015 - Philipp Blom: The Influence of Radical Enlightenment on Contemporary Thinking
U-Residence, Groene Zaal, Generaal Jacqueslaan 271, 1050 Brussel
Philipp Blom (Hamburg, 1970) is a historian, novelist, and translator. He wrote two novels and several historical works, among which his most recent one, A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment (2010). Blom also works as a freelance journalist for numerous newspapers, magazines and radio programs in Great Britain, the US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and France. Within the context of the Academic Chair 'History and Philosophy of Sciences' Crosstalks has invited Philipp Blom for a public lecture on the influence of Radical Enlightenment on contemporary thinking.
15:00 - 15:30 Lecture by Philipp Blom on The Influence of Radical Enlightenment on Contemporary thinking
15:30 - 15:45 Comment by Sonja Lavaert (VUB)
15:45 - 16:00 Comment by Marij Van Strien (UGent)
16:00 - 17:00 Panel discussion followed by Q&A
Bios / Slides
Sonja Lavaert is a professor of early modern philosophy and the Enlightenment at the Department of Philosophy and Moral sciences, and of philosophy and language, political theory and Italian language and culture at the Department of Applied Linguistics at the VUB. Her publications focus on early modern philosophy (Machiavelli, Spinoza), radical contemporary philosophy (Agamben, Negri, Virno), critical theory, Italian studies and philosophy of art. She is the author of Het perspectief van de multitude (2011). Her research focuses on the philosophical representations of history, and on the genealogy of political and ethical concepts in the interdisciplinary area of philosophy, language, literature, and translation, between the present, the late 17th century and early Renaissance, and most notably but not exclusively, between the Netherlands and Italy.