Progress and Regression

33rd Käte Hamburger Lecture

With Prof. Dr Rahel Jaeggi, Professor of Practical Philosophy and Social Philosophy, Humboldt University of Berlin

Organized by: Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)

Date: May 22, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Venue: Senatssaal (T01 S04 B34), Universitätsstr. 2, 45141 Essen

In her talk Rahel Jaeggi defended the conceptual pair of progress and regression as a vital socio-philosophical tool for the diagnosis and the criticism of our times. It is not the final result that she considers progressive or regressive, but first and foremost the shape of the social transformation processes themselves. By asking about the dynamics of social change as well as blocked experiences that promote regressive tendencies, she developed a concept of progress that is materialistic and pluralistic, i.e. thoroughly emancipatory and contemporary.