Europe: A Philosophical History

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Professor Simon Glendinning

Professor Simon Glendinning


Dr Cristóbal Garibay-Petersen

Dr Cristóbal Garibay-Petersen

Europe is inseparable from its history. That history has been extensively studied in terms of its political history, its economic history, its religious history, its literary and cultural history, and so on. Could there be a distinctively philosophical history of Europe? Not a history of philosophy in Europe, but a history of Europe that focuses on what, in its history and identity, ties it to philosophy.

In this event, Simon Glendinning will discuss his recently published two-volume book, Europe: A Philosophical History, exploring what philosophy might contribute to an understanding of Europe today.

You can order a copy of Europe: A Philosophical History, Part 1 - The Promise of Modernity and Europe: A Philosophical History, Part 2 - Beyond Modernity.

Simon Glendinning is Head of the LSE European Institute and Professor in European Philosophy. Simon has a BPhil and a DPhil in Philosophy from Oxford University. His current research interests include the question of "European identity".

Cristóbal Garibay-Petersen is Fellow in European Philosophy in the European Institute at LSE. He received his Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Essex where he worked on Kant’s metaphysics of time. His current research is primarily focused on the metaphysics and ontologies of different forms of idealism, but he has also worked on later nineteenth and twentieth centuries European philosophy.

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