What social philosophy can learn from medieval history

One of my current writing projects looks at the historicist methodological principles in contemporary critical theory. With a colleague, we’re arguing that restricting one’s gaze to so-called “modern” forms of freedom contradicts the theory of freedom (insofar as it bids us recognise our equals wherever and whenever they may be), and in particular, ignores the… Continue reading What social philosophy can learn from medieval history

The continuity of history, and our debt to the past

I’ve started some research on a new project with a colleague, where we develop a criticism of historicism in social theory. This is mostly tied up with Honneth’s interpretation of historical materialism. I’ve been reading his early essays on history – one on Althusser, and another on Walter Benjamin. The core motivation of the paper… Continue reading The continuity of history, and our debt to the past