IR Seminar- Umur BasdasAuthor: CASE
Location: CASE 288
FACULTY OF ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES AND ECONOMICS
TUESDAY- February 21,2017
Name: Umur Basdas is a Ph.D. candidate in political theory in the Department of Political Science at Yale University
Title: Body, Nature, and Recognition
Date: February 21,2017 -TUESDAY
Place: CAS 288
Abstract: The recognition of individuals as worthy of treatment as more than mere “things” is the first step towards the acknowledgment of their moral status. But how do we come to recognize individuals in this fundamental sense? A widespread and often implicit assumption in contemporary political theory is that recognition claims have to be raised and justified exclusively in human language. I argue that this assumption is unjustifiably biased against the non-human nature. In this talk, I compare three theories of recognition by Hegel, Fichte, and Adorno in order to highlight alternative conceptions of non-human agency and the entanglement of aesthetic, ethical, and political considerations in questions of recognition.
Bio: Umur Basdas is a Ph.D. candidate in political theory in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. His work is situated in the history of political thought with a focus on continental political philosophy, more specifically Kant, German Idealism, and the Frankfurt School. His current research seeks to rehabilitate the early critique of human mastery over nature in the Critical Theory tradition prior to the Habermasian communicative turn. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University.