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20 February 2017 | The crisis of capitalism as a form of life


On the 20th of February 2017, Paolo Costa, Senior Researcher at the Center for Religious Studies of FBK, will give a talk on “Pluralism of Forms of Life and Critique” at the University of Parma, in an one-day international workshop with Rahel Jaeggi, author of Kritik von Lebensformen (Frankfurt a.M. 2013) and Alienation (New York 2014).

Is there something inherently wrong capitalism?

This question, that seemed to be written out of public discussion, came back with a vengeance after the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and the protests against globalization and inequality which ensued. This turmoil reopened the issue, both theoretical and practical, of how to criticize the existing state of affairs. Does it make sense to criticize our form of life? And, if so, in name of what and in view of what can we criticize it?

These questions will be tackled in “Forms of Life and Capitalism: A One Day Workshop with Rahel Jaeggi”, which will be held in the Aula di Presidenza of the Department DUSIC of the University of Parma on the 20th of February, 2017, from 10:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m. One of the speakers is Paolo Costa, senior researcher at the Centre for Religious Studies of FBK, who will talk about “Pluralism of Forms of Life and Critique”.

Rahel Jaeggi is Professor for Practical Philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin and she currently teaches at The New School for Social Research. She is one of the most interesting exponents of the new German Critical Theory. The goal of her influential books Kritik von Lebensformen (Frankfurt a.M. 2013) and Alienation (New York 2014) is to rekindle a public debate on the reasonableness of capitalism as a form of life.

The activity is part of the ISR line of research on the new lifestyles.


News date: 
Monday, 20 February, 2017