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This autumn, Professor Peter Wallensteen and Lecturer Daniel Ogden will continue their popular Philosophy Tea talks in an expanded series of three talks. The three individuals they will highlight have contributed to global thinking in different ways: through high-level diplomacy, utopian writings and historical studies.

The series starts with diplomat and economist Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), a practitioner with a philosophy as seen through his actions as Secretary-General of the United Nations. He will be followed by the American author Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), focusing on her feminist utopian novel, Herland (1915); and then we will discuss the 14th century Arab philosopher, Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406, or 732-808 A.H., i.e. according to the Islamic calendar) from Tunis, best known for his Prolegomena, or ‘Introduction’ which introduces a seven-volume history of the world. All three provide alternatives to dominant Western, realist, masculine, perspectives on international affairs, and thus yield new insights into peace and justice.

September 19: Dag Hammarskjöld: Peace through Preventive Diplomacy?

October 17: Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A World without Men. Utopia or Dystopia?

December 12: Ibn Khaldun: The First Scholar of Social Change?

Ibn Khaldun
12th December 3pm

‘Government is an institution which prevents injustice other than such as it commits itself.’
Ibn Khaldun, al-Muqaddima (Prolegomena).

Ibn Khaldun was an early path-breaking Arab historian and sociologist. He lived 1332-1406 (732-808 according to the Muslim calendar) and his major work An Introduction to World History (al-Muqaddima or Prolegomena) from the late 1300s has a number of systematic ideas on civilizations, the rise and fall of dynasties and the uses of power; as well as unique historical records. He was born in Tunisia into an Arab family with an Andalusian background and Berber roots. He lived a dramatic life in the Arab world of the time from Morocco to Mecca, both as a scholar and as a policy maker. For instance, he negotiated with the Mongol conqueror Timur Lenk/Tamerlane during the siege of Damascus in 1401.
In this third Philosophy Tea of the autumn of 2017 Peter Wallensteen and Daniel Ogden will discuss Ibn Khaldun’s thinking on peace, war, power and change, as well as his relevance today.

Daniel Ogden is a researcher and teacher of utopian ideas, for many years at Uppsala University and now at Mälardalen University. Peter Wallensteen was the first holder of the Dag Hammarskjöld Chair in Peace and Conflict Research (1985-2012) and is now Senior Professor at Uppsala University.

Upcoming in spring 2018:

Karin Boye
6th February 3pm
”A World Without Feeling". A discussion of Karin Boye’s dystopian novel Kallocain (1940)”.

Bertrand Russell
27th February 3pm
"A World Built on Rationality". Discussing the contributions to peace and justice by philosopher, activist and Nobel laureate of literature Bertrand Russell (1872-1970).

Each philosophy tea session lasts one hour, with the final twenty minutes being reserved for an open discussion with the audience. The sessions are run in English. 

Tea and scones will be served. All welcome. 

In collaboration with Uppsala University. The sessions will be disseminated as pod casts.

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Podcast Producer: Reginateatern

Podcast Producer: Reginateatern

Listen to the podcast with Peter Wallensteen and Daniel Ogden on Bertha von Suttner at Regina Theatre 8th feb 2017 here:

Podcast Producer: Reginateatern

Podcast Producer: Reginateatern

Podcast Producer: Per Torsner
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Podcast Producer: Per Torsner
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