Leif Wenar on "The Free Unity of Humanity"
We are very pleased to announce that Professor Leif Wenar, Chair in Philosophy and Law at King's College London, will deliver a talk for Filosofisk seminar this semester. The seminar is open for everyone, and will be followed by an informal reception.
Professor Leif Wenar (Photo: King's College London).
From solidarity and love to competition and cruelty, the goodness of human relations is defined by their (dis)unity. Ideals of free unity are also common to very many philosophical and spiritual traditions. Seeing unity as foundational in moral and political thought is an advance beyond Kantianism and utilitarianism--and shows that Hobbes's injunction to 'seek peace' is merely a theorem of a deeper imperative: seek unity.
About Leif Wenar
Leif Wenar holds the Chair of Philosophy & Law at King’s College London. After earning his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford, he went to Harvard to study with John Rawls, and wrote his doctoral thesis on property rights with Robert Nozick and T.M. Scanlon. He has worked in the UK since 1997. His most recent book Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and has since been translated into numerous languages.