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LCCP Working Seminar with Annemie Halsema "Hermeneutics of the body"

Thursday 13 April 2023
LCCP work in progress and research seminar 2023
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Hermeneutics of the body

Leiden Centre for Continental Philosophy is pleased to announce a talk by Annemie Halsema.

The original inaugural lecture in Dutch can be found in the right column.

Prof. Annemie Halsema

In the field of philosophical anthropology, questions about gender, race, sexual orientation do not get much attention. The two most important philosophical anthropologists of the twentieth century, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) and Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005), are interested in who someone is, rather than in what someone is. However, contemporary struggles for recognition of the inequality between women and men, trans and cisgender, black and white, homo and heterosexuality demand to consider such questions. A philosophical anthropology of the twenty-first century should in other words address the question of the embodiment of personal identity and how it is given meaning in the social world around us. In this lecture, I focus on gender and argue for not opposing cis and trans gender, but instead to consider both as complex interactions between three components: body, identity and social context. I also suggest a philosophical approach to considering such interactions: hermeneutics.

All are welcome!

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