From Homeric poems to contemporary works, Farewell to freedom traces the words that express the various notions of freedom in Classical Greek, Latin, and medieval and modern European idioms. Examining writers as varied as Plato, Aristotle, Luther, La Boétie, Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, Stirner, Marx, Nietzsche, and Foucault among others, this theoretical mapping shows old and new boundaries of the horizon of freedom. The book suggests the possibility of transcending these boundaries on the basis of a different theorisation of human interactions, which constructs individual and collective subjects as processes rather than entities. This construction shifts and disseminates the very locus of freedom, whose vocabulary would be better recast as a relational middle path between autonomous and heteronomous alternatives.

Speakers

Dr Elena Loizidou
Birkbeck Law School

Prof Saul Newman
Politics and International Relations
Goldsmiths

Prof Nathan Widder
Politics and International Relations
Royal Holloway

Chair
Prof Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

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