Heidegger in Ruins – en minikonferens om postsanning


27 maj kl. 13.00–17.00 i Humanistiska teatern, Engelska parken, Uppsala

Foto: Willy Pragher [CC BY-SA 3.0

Välkomna till en minikonferens där vi diskuterar två olika men överlappande samhällsfrågor. Den ena handlar om Martin Heideggers antisemitism och frågorna det väcker om intellektuellas och akademins roll och ansvar i politiskt mörka tider.

Den andra handlar om vad postsanning är och om forskare och akademi har ett särskilt ansvar för konsekvenserna av sin vetenskapliga kunskapsproduktion och hur det i så fall kan påverka den akademiska friheten. 

Konferensen hålls på engelska.





Keynote-talare professor Richard Wolin, Grad Center, CUNY: Heidegger in Ruins 

Heidegger in Ruins

by Richard Wolin

Richard Wolin

In the opening pages of Being and Time, Heidegger described his philosophical goal as “the destruction of the founding principles of Western metaphysics: spirit, logos, and reason.” · In this respect, his early existentialism was already a form of “anti-philosophy”: it rejected “spirit, logos, and reason” in favor of a search for “the primordial powers of Being.” It also contained a pronounced racist dimension or component, insofar as it unabashedly exalted peoples (Völker) who were “rooted-in-soil” (bodenständig) vis-à-vis “unrooted” (bodenlos) peoples. As Heidegger proclaimed in 1925: “I am convinced that there is no essential work of the spirit that does not have its root in primordial Bodenständigkeit.” On these grounds, one can more readily comprehend why Heidegger’s later doctrine of “the history of Being” accorded National Socialism a pivotal role as the “event” (Ereignis) that would catalyze the ontological-historical transition from the “Greek beginning” to a pan-German, “post-metaphysical,” völkisch–racial utopia.

Paneldiskussion: What to make of Heidegger’s anti-Semitism and academic and intellectual freedom, med Lars M. Andersson (Uppsala universitet, Forum för judiska studier) och Benjamin Martin (Uppsala universitet, institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria)


Paus och mingel


Keynote-talare: professor Steve Fuller, University of Warwick: "Post-Truth” - Knowledge as Power Game

Can Universities Survive the Post-Truth Era?

by Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

There is a tendency to see ‘post-truth’ disparagingly as the result of populist anti-intellectualism. Some would go further and dismiss ‘post-truth’ as simply a temporary turn in fortunes for the academics and other elites who have been shown wanting as a result of the Brexit vote and Trump’s election. I believe that both assessments of the post-truth condition are wrong. Drawing on my latest book, Post Truth: Knowledge as a Power Game, I shall argue that regardless of what happens to Brexit or Trump, the post-truth condition is here to stay – and, in a certain sense, has always been with us. In particular, we should see our epistemic predicament as part of the growth pains of the democratisation of knowledge, an inevitable consequence of which is the downgrading of expert judgement. I shall discuss what this means in terms of how universities should re-position themselves.

Paneldiskussion: Academia and the public in a “post-truth” world, med professor Sharon Rider (Uppsala universitet, filosofiska instutition), Proscovia Svärd (Mittuniversitetet, institutionen för informationssystem och –teknologi, Forum för digitalisering) och Siri Sylvan (Uppsala universitet, statsvetenskapliga institutionen)

Moderator: Helen Lindberg, Uppsala universitet, statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Fri entré och öppet för allmänheten. Begränsade antal platser, först till kvarn gäller.

Richard Wolin                 

Richard Wolin is Distinguished Professor of History, Political Science and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is been Professeur Invité at the University of Paris-X (Nanterre) and the University of Nantes. Among his books, which have been translated into ten languages, are: Heidegger’s Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl Löwith, Hans Jonas and Herbert Marcuse, The Seduction of Unreason: the Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postermodernism, and The Wind From the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution and the Legacy of the 1960s, which was listed by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2012. He frequently writes on intellectual and political themes for the New Republic, the Nation, and Dissent.

Lars M Andersson

Lars M Andersson, b. 1961, senior lecturer. Anderson has mainly studied Swedish anti-Semitism and refugee policy but has also published high school textbooks on history and religious studies, anthologies on contemporary history, counterfactual history, images as sources in the field history, lliability issues and moral debate in historical accounts, Swedish Jewish history and three Festschrifts. Between 2002 and 2006, he was editor in chief of Historisk tidskrift. He has also served as editor of the Lagerbringbiblioteket series together with Ulf Zander and is currently member of the editorial board of Historisk tidskrift, Nordisk Judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies and Opuscula Historica Upsaliensia.

Benjamin Martin

A graduate of the University of Chicago and Columbia University, Benjamin G. Martin works at Uppsala University as researcher in the Department of History of Science and Ideas, with support from a grant from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens jubileumsfond). Recent publications include “International Legal Cooperation in the Nazi-Fascist New Order ” (International Politics, 2018) and The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016).

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. His most recent work has been concerned with the future of humanity (or ‘Humanity 2.0’) and the future of academic knowledge and the university as an institution. His latest book is Post-Truth: Knowledge as a Power Game (Anthem, 2018). His next book is entitled, Nietzschean Meditations: Untimely Thoughts at the Dawn of the Transhuman Age (Schwabe Verlag) and is due out later in 2019.

Sharon Rider

Sharon Rider is Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Uppsala University, where she was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts 2008-2014. She is currently Deputy Director of Engaging Vulnerability, a decade-long research program hosted by Uppsala University with funding from the Swedish Research Council. The program builds on and extends recent work in philosophy, the humanities and the social sciences, documenting and theorizing vulnerability as a productive set of relations rather than an inert state or position. Rider’s work focuses on the cultural conditions for autonomy, responsibility and knowledge, and how these might be conceptualized in ways that neither reject nor rely on conventional notions of rational agency

Proscovia Svärd

Proscovia Svärd is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information systems and Technology, Forum for Digitalization, Mid Sweden University. She is also a Research Fellow at the Department of Information Science, University of South Africa. She has a Licentiate Degree in Computer and Systems Sciences, BA and MA in Archives and Information Science from Mid Sweden University, Sweden and a BSc in Media and Information Science from Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research interests include; enterprise content management, records management, information culture, e-government development, public sector information (PSI), long-term preservation of digital information, truth and reconciliation commissions and their documentation processes, the role of archives in enhancing accountability and transparency in government institutions, information access and the link to democracy and development. 

Siri Sylvan

Siri Sylvan is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. Her dissertation project aims to explore the nature of expert authority and the conditions under which the authority of experts can be considered democratically legitimate.

Evenemanget är ett samarbete mellan statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Forum för judiska studier, filosofiska instutitionen samt Uppsala Forum för Demokrati, Fred och Rättvisa.