Talk by Martin Kusch

The Institute of Philosophy of the Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences kindly invites you to the upcoming talk:

Prof. Martin Kusch (University of Vienna)
The Functions of the Social Sciences in Liberal Democracy

Date and Venue of the lecture: 11th November 2015, 4.00 pm, Institute of Philosophy, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 30. Országház Street, 2. floor, "Pepita" room.

In this paper I criticize authors -- such as S. Turner, M. Burawoy, or P. Kitcher -- who seek to define the functions of the social sciences using a Rawlsian or Habermasian conception of liberal pluralism or ideal-deliberative democracy. I defend an alternative way to think about the functions of the social sciences; this way takes its lead from R. Geuss' realist political philosophy and C. Mouffe's "agonistic pluralism".