Nov 10 6PM | Great New Books in the Humanities – The Subject of Freedom: Kant, Levinas

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Is freedom our most essential belonging, the intimate source of self-mastery, an inalienable right? Or is it something other that constitutes subjectivity and challenges our notion of autonomy? Join us for an evening of conversation on subjectivity and freedom in honor of Gabriela Basterra’s new book, The Subject of Freedom: Kant, Levinas. Tracing Kant’s concept of freedom from the Critique of Pure Reason to his practical works, this book elaborates Kant’s most revolutionary insights by placing them in dialogue with Levinas’s Otherwise than Being. The complex concepts of freedom, autonomy, and subjectivity that emerge from this encounter between the philosopher of reason and the philosopher of relationality have the potential to energize today’s ethical and political thinking.

Gabriela Basterra
Associate Professor of Comparative and Spanish Literature, New York University


Claudia Brodsky
Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Mikhail Iampolski
Professor of Comparative Literature, Russian & Slavic Studies, New York University


Ulrich Baer
Professor of German, Comparative Literature, English, Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, & Diversity New York University



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