The Academy 2017: From Universal Man to Identity Politics: The Rise and Fall of The Self
There are still places left for the Institute of Ideas annual Academy with discounted tickets for students. This year’s Academy will take place on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July 2017, Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre, Bedfordshire and it will look at the rise and fall of the self. The first day will cover the historic formation of the self, its role as a motor to historical development, and its classical formulation in political theory, economics, philosophy and law. The relationship and contradictions between the individual self and society will be explored in the context of the relationship between the particular and the universal.
The second day will examine the fall of the self, post-Enlightenment, in terms of the retreat from and disavowal of what might be called bourgeois individualism and universalism in a trajectory towards identity politics and relativism. Lectures will cover topics such as authenticity, body-obsession, selfie-culture, social constructionism, and what prospects remain for the project of liberal humanism today. For more details, please see the link