The Passionate Politics Reading Group usually meets in Room 212, UCL History Department, 26 Gordon Sq.
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NEXT READING GROUP MEETING:
19 February, 2016:
Text: Michael Goebel, Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism
PAST READING GROUP MEETINGS:
11 December, 2015:
Text: Friedrich Schiller, Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man (1793-94). In particular:
Letters: IV; V; VI.1-6, 15; IX.5-7; X.1-4; XIII.1-3; XIV; XV.1-3; XVI.1-2; XVIII; XXII.1-5; XXIII.5-6; XXIV.1-2; XXVI.7-13; XXVII.3-12
8 October, 2015:
Text: Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) (OUP, 1976). In particular:
– Part I, Section I: ‘Of Sympathy’ and ‘Of the Pleasure of Mutual Sympathy’ (pp. 9-16);
– Part I, Section II: ‘Of those Passions which take their Origin from a Particular Turn or Habit of Imagination’, ‘Of the Unsocial Passions’, ‘Of the Social Passions’, ‘Of the Selfish Passions’ (pp. 31-43)
– Part III, Chapter III: ‘On the Influence and Authority of Conscience’ (pp. 134-56)
(Introduction: Dina Gusejnova)
4 June, 2015:
Text: Gabriele D’Annunzio, excerpts from The Virgins of the Rocks (1896) and Il Fuoco (1900).
(Introduction: Alessandro De Arcangelis)
2, March, 2015:
Text: Yannick Haenel, Les Renard Pâles.(Gallimard, 2013)
(Introduction: Tim Beasley-Murray)
2, February, 2015:
Text: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origins of Inequality (1755); The Social Contract (1762)
(Introduction: Jack Reilly)
4 December, 2014:
Text: Hannah Arendt, excerpts from On Revolution (1963), The Human Condition (1958), The Promise of Politics (posthumous).
We discussed Arendt’s idiosyncratic take on the role of compassion – via a misguided zeal in Rousseau and Robespierre – in derailing the French Revolution, in comparison with other of her writings on what inspires and guides political action.
18 November, 2014:
Text: Martha Nussbaum, Political Emotions (Harvard UP, 2013)
Martha Nussbaum’s recently published work charts out a particular take on the relationship between emotions and politics, which ends with an appeal to construct a new form of ‘civic religion’. In this session, we propose to analyse her point of view in critical perspective, with a particular focus on her discussion on public architecture and education as forms of shaping public emotions.