PHIL Conference – “Contemporary Perspectives on Critical & Systems Theory”


16 - 17 Sep 2016





Friday, September 16:


Session 1 Chair: Hans-Georg Moeller

10.00-10.40: Elena Esposito (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Critique and Crisis

10.40-11.20: Giancarlo Corsi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Public Opinion as Self-Created Uncertainty: Second-Order-Observation in the Modern Political System

11.20-12.00: Anders La Cour (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

Different Temporalities of Welfare Technologies


Session 2 Chair: Giancarlo Corsi

13.30-14.10 Laurindo Dias Minhoto (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Notes on Luhmann, Adorno and the Critique of Neoliberalism

14.10-14.50 Fred Schrader (Fudan University, Shanghai, China)

On Adorno, Luhmann, and H.J. Krahl

14.50-15.30 Guilherme Leite Goncalves (State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Functional Differentiation as Ideology of the (Neo-) Colonial Society


Session 3 Chair: Anders La Cour

15.45-16.25 Hans-Georg Moeller (University of Macau)

Second-Order-Observation and Genuine Pretending

16.25-17.05 Hans-Rudolf Kantor (Huafan University, Taibei, Taiwan)

The Function of Paradox in Buddhist Contemplation

17.05-17.45 Hannes Bergthaller (National Chung Hsing University, Taizhong, Taiwan)

Oil as Environment

18.00-18.30 Carlos Vasconcelos Lopes (University of Saint Joseph, Macau)

Meaningful Education: Becoming Radically Self-Assured



Saturday, September 17:


Session 4 Chair: Mario Wenning

9:30-10:20 Agnes Heller (New School for Social Research, New York, USA)

From Utopia to Dystopia

10:20-11:10 Espen Hammer (Temple University, Philadelphia, USA)

Experience and Temporality: Towards a New Paradigm of Critical Theory


Session 5 Chair: Nahum Brown

11:20-12:10 Alexei Procyshyn (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

Can Social Systems Theory be used for Immanent Critique?

12:10-13:00 Mario Wenning (University of Macau)

On Gambling: The Provocation of the Hand of Fortune


All are welcome




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