James Conant, Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago.
Sebastian Rödl, Professor of Philosophy, Universität Basel.
This summer seminar proposes to examine the concept of the second person. On the one hand, this concept has recently moved into the center of research in a number of distinct fields, though not necessarily under this description. On the other hand, researchers within each of these fields are largely unconscious of the parallel developments within the other fields. This is in no small part due to the fact that the level at which our topic is conceptualized, and thus the terminology employed to designate it, varies tremendously from one field to the next, ranging over topics apparently as diverse as “joint intention”, “bi-polar relations”, “trust”, “authority”, “recognition”, and “acknowledgment”, to men-tion just a few of the relevant candidates. The primary aim of the seminar is to do justice to the particularities of the phemonena appearing in these different guises, while at the same time to reveal a common problematic, thus uncovering the ubiquity of a certain conceptual structure.
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