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Crisis in the Body and in the Body Politic

Big Ideas and the Forum for European Philosophy present an evening of critical discussion, in the pub.

Big Ideas and the Forum for European Philosophy present an evening of critical discussion, in the pub.

While having its roots in political contexts of decision or decisive judgement in Greek antiquity, up until the seventeenth century the term ‘crisis’ was primarily used in a medical diagnosis, referring to a traumatic condition of the human body. Subsequently its use widened to include once more phenomena in politics, but also in economics, psychology and religion. Crisis today has meaning in almost every aspect of life. Is this a co-incidence or are these phenomena related in some fundamental way? It is hard to imagine a social crisis without psychological expression. But it is equally hard to imagine a psychological crisis without social roots. Is every social crisis a psycho-social one? And is every psychological crisis a psycho-social crisis too? To put it in a way which draws on its long use in medicine, is every crisis of the body a crisis of the body politic? In this event we will explore the realities and relations of the crises in our lives.

This is a great opportunity to see intellectuals from very different backgrounds engage with an important concept for our time.

We'll start with a panel discussion, followed by an informal combination of food, drink and a lively exchange of ideas. You don't need any prior knowledge to come along, listen and get involved as much as you like.

Panel: Andy Wilson - Amber Jacobs - Mareike Kleine - Simon Glendinning (Chair)


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Date and Time:

5 May 2010 at 7:30 pm


3 hours



The Counting House
50 Cornhill

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