Social Movements and the History of Thought; an interview with Prof. Richard Bourke.

A superb closing episode for the series Movement that revolves on social movements and its analysis from a social as well as a historic perspective, cohosted by Prof. Swen Hutter, Lichtenberg Professor for Sociology at the Freie Universität and the WZB Social Science Center in Berlin. 
What is Democracy today, and why the French Revolution such a pivotal point in History? How did religious movements evolve into social movements; Why are we witnessing strong polarization in the world of politics nowadays, and the revival of models of thought in the form of populist nationalism, that we thought to be terminally ill? Our guest, Prof. Bourke, Professor of the History of Political Thought at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of King´s College of Cambridge, whose work focuses on the history of political thought, particularly on the political ideas of the enlightenment and its aftermath, helps us understand these and other inquires, while he brilliantly exposes parallels and differences of today’s social movements and events back in history.
In addition, the also Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Political Thought, expert on ancient philosophy and political theory in the 19th and 20th centuries, introduces us to Edmund Burke and his vision on the French Revolution, Kant’s revolutionizing ideas in regards of the making of identity and self-consciousness as well as Hegel’s vision on History and its relevance regarding our contemporary society.  
Violence, poverty, inequality, the Climate Movement, and its difficulties to achieve its goals, the idea of the self and its exploration, as well as personal identity and individual agency back in the 18th and 19th Centuries vs. the concept of the self in today’s political struggles, all of these and more awaits you in this season’s remarkable an exciting final episode of See See by Ceci’s second season “Movement”!

*Prof. Richard Bourke is also A Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Historical Society. Honored with awards such as the István Hont Memorial Book Prize in Intellectual History, Prof. Bourke’s publications range from nationalism and conservatism to political judgement and popular sovereignty, including Irish modern history, the philosophy of history since Kant and the history of democracy. These publications comprise numerous articles and books such as “Peace in Ireland: the war of ideas”; “The Princeton History of Modern Ireland”; “Empire and revolution: the political thought of Edmund Burke”; and his most recent work “Hegel’s World Revolutions”.


This episode is cohosted by Prof. Swen Hutter, Director of the Center for Civil Society Research and Lichtenberg Professor in Political Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin

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