Theory and philosophy summer school 2013 offers a strongly student-centred & collaborative setting in which students participate in sessions led by academics from UCC & guest professors. Conventional didactic presentations are bolstered by small group work, student-led seminars &
discussions, peer-group presentations & feedback sessions. To optimize students’ learning experience participants will be limited to 30.
Transgression and Normativity are two defining antinomies of modern civilization. Renaissance, Reformation, democratic,
communist, nationalist, industrial and scientific revolutions entail a transgressive breaking of paradigms; and transgressive, libertarian and avant-garde movements in art, culture and everyday life drive modern civilization’s political-libidinal economies.
Some would argue that the critical spirit of Modernity that values transgression in the pursuit of individual self-actualization has eclipsed normativity to the point where all values are debased and trivialized; in a pervasive culture of meaninglessness late, or post-modern energies discharge themselves formlessly as the excesses of neo-liberal global capitalism, mass-mediatized democracy, neo-libertine consumption and planetary ecocide. On the other hand, others argue that the spirit of modernity is
equally animated by a quest for normativity: to be modern is to seek agreement on the question ‘how ought we live? By the light of what ideals do we critically evaluate and reflexively reform ourselves?’ Modern civilization seeks foundations for a secular, post-conventional morality that can be the basis of solidarity and social order. Collective and individual liberties instigated by acts of transgression are regulated, institutionalized, harmonized as reciprocal duties and responsibilities within frameworks of
republican citizenship and the rule of law, and by the ongoing elaboration of institutions of liberal democratic and cosmopolitan global governance. The spirit of modernity has been animated by the antinomies and dialectics of transgression and normativity from the start, but recently it has, arguably, reached apotheosis. Do we need a normative renaissance and restoration of ideals? Can a normativity for the 21st Century to be found in Classical, deep-historical, or political-anthropological sources? Can normativity for our times be found in paradigms outside of the Judeo-Christian and Western canons, in Asian philosophies, for
example? Or, is a normative regeneration desirable at all?
At The Theory and Philosophy Summer School you will:
Develop high-level conceptual & communicative tools.
Deepen your disciplinary knowledge & prepare yourself for inter-disciplinary co-operation.
Learn to evaluate & employ methodological skills.
TAPSS 2013 will approach the problem of Transgression and Normativity in an inter-disciplinary & international context to facilitate problem-orientated & team-based research on the doctoral level in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.
TAPSS 2013 is designed for the needs of post-graduate students & researchers, especially doctoral candidates, in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, in Sociology, Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Politics, Languages, Arts, Literature & Classics; from universities throughout Ireland, Europe & around the world who are developing theoretical & interpretive paradigms for their
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