Vocations of Realistic Political Theory

Prof. Ferenc Hörcher (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pázmány Péter Catholic University)
Dr. Gulsen Seven

We invite for this workshop, papers that focus on possible vocations of realist political theory having accepted the claim that it is not possible for political theory to promote grand recipes for guiding human actions. By aiming to offer consideration of a variety of realist perspectives, the panel hopes to contribute towards achieving a heightened awareness of the significance of political realism beyond but never independent of the realm of political action, in political theory. It also intends to encourage representatives of political realism to engage in scholarly dialogue with representatives of other theoretical inclinations regarding vocations of political theory.

We welcome submissions from a range of relevant fields, including, but not limited to, philosophy, political science, international relations, sociology, legal and political theory and so on. To submit a paper for the workshop please send a max. 500-word abstract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15th of May, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given within a week after the deadline.

Papers for the workshop (no longer than 4000 words) will be pre-circulated. Full drafts will be due for circulation to workshop participants by 28th of August, 2017.

Additional details of the workshop and the full text of the call for papers can be accessed here.

We invite participants to describe, analyse and discuss the dramatically transforming political cultures of European cities in the age of the Reformation at the following conference:

“Ratio Civilis”
The Transformation of Urban Political Cultures in the Age of the Reformation

Proposals (with a title and abstract of the length of 3-500 words) should be sent to the following address by 30 April 2017 31 May 2017: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keynote speakers:
Heinz  Schilling (Berlin)
Hans Blom (Rotterdam)

Venue: the conference will be organised in Budapest, at the headquarters of the Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Organisers: Prof. Ferenc Hörcher, director, Institute of Philosophy, HAS and Adam Smrcz, assistant researcher, Institute of Philosophy, HAS

Date of the conference: 17-18 November, 2017.

For further questions please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Institute of Philosophy, HAS kindly invites you to the following lecture:

Peter Stachel
(Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)
"In the End, are all Sociologists Fatalists?”
Ludwig Gumplowicz (1838 - 1909): An Old-Austrian Pioneer of Early Sociology

Date: March 13, 2017. 4 pm.
Venue: Institute of Philosophy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 4. Tóth Kálmán Street, 7. floor, room B7.16

Kraków-born Ludwig Gumplowicz (1838-1909), professor of law at Graz University, was one of the pioneers of early sociology. In books like Der Rassenkampf (1883) and Grundriss der Sociologie (1885) he analyzed human culture and social institutions as parts of a “natural process” according to “eternal laws”. Highly acclaimed at his lifetime, not only in Austria, but as well in the United States and France, his theories later were rated as social-darwinistic and even as an intellectual basis of fascistic ideology. But this verdict is based on a very generalized understanding of his theories and in fact not true.

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