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January 29th, 2014

Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

January 29th, 2014

Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Larry Siedentop/ Simon Glendinning

Wednesday 29 January 2014, 6.30-8pm
New Theatre

Larry Siedentop, Emeritus Fellow, Keble College, University of Oxford

Chair: Simon Glendinning, Associate Professor of European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE and Director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Marking the publication of Larry Siedentop’s new book, Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism, this lecture asked us to rethink the evolution of the ideas on which states in the West are built. There are large parts of the world – fundamentalist Islam; quasi-capitalist China – where other belief systems flourish. Faced with these challenges, understanding our own ideas’ origins is more than ever an important part of knowing who we are.

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