One of the great challenges of political movements consists not only in answering the question "What is to be done?" but inflecting the response to that question with an understanding of "What can be done?"
How we address the problems of the present in a creative fashion is at the heart of the philosophy of pragmatism. The responses to the above questions are additionally motivated however, by a deep commitment to the norms of democracy as the method of transformation. This lecture draws out this pragmatic response by emphasizing the social dimension of imagination and the role of aesthetic reflection in articulating the obstacles to, and endpoints of, emancipation.
6:00 pm Introduction
6.05 Europe’s Migration Crisis Brendan Hogan, Professor, Liberal Studies, New York University