IWM Lectures in Human Sciences

The IWM launched this series of  public lectures in 2000 on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Hans  Georg Gadamer, supporter of the Institute  since its inception. Selected lectures have been published in English (Harvard University Press, Cambridge), German (Passagen Verlag, Wien; Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin) and Polish (Kurhaus Publishers, Warsaw) (see Publications).

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Previous Speakers:

2018: Valentin Groebner, Universität Luzern
Reden wir überReinheit

2017: Stephen Kotkin, Princeton
Sphere of Influence

2016: Rosa Brooks, Georgetown
The Future of War

2015: Timothy Snyder, Yale / Vienna
Ukraine, Russia, and Europe, Past and Future

2014: Dipesh Chakrabarty, Chicago
The Climate Question

2013: Jan Werner Mueller, Princeton
We the People: On Populism and Democracy

2012: Peter Brown, Princeton
‘For the Ransom of the Soul’
Wealth, Death and the Afterlife from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages

2010: Vincent Descombes, Paris
Puzzling Identities
Philosophical Reflections on the Phenomenon of Identity Crisis

2006: Claus Offe, Berlin
Soziale Macht: Formen, Kontrolle und Nutzen

2004: Ryszard Kapuscinski, Warsaw
On Others

2003: Abraham B. Yehoshua, Haifa
The Shaping of Jewish Identity
Three Bible Stories

2002: Cornelia Klinger, Tübingen / Vienna
“Nicht nach dem Maße des Menschen gebaut”
Der verlorene Ort des Subjekts im System der modernen Gesellschaft

2001: Paul Ricoeur, Paris
The Process of Recognition

2000: Charles Taylor, Montreal
The Varieties of Religion Today:
William James Revisited after 100 Years



June 2019


The International State System after Neoliberalism

I begin by recalling a short essay by Karl Polanyi, written in 1945, in which he discusses the prospects of a new, peaceful global order, based on the lessons of the war and the interwar period. In it Polanyi advocates an international regime beyond both Communist and neoliberal universalism that allows for national political-economic self-determination. …
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May 2019


Karl Polanyi and Globalization’s Wrong Turn

Globalization took a wrong turn when it overlooked Polanyi’s central insight that markets need to be embedded in institutions, both for effectiveness and legitimacy. The brief period of Bretton Woods-style globalization in the decades following World War II was more Polanyiesque in so far it did not question the centrality of national economic management and …
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