Occasional Lecture Program
Frederic Vandenberghe, a Belgian Social Theorist living and working in Rio, delivered a talk titled: “Neo-Classical Social Theory: Toward a New Synthesis in the Social Sciences” on Monday, 13 January 2014 at 4 pm at the Centre as part of the occasional lecture series of the Forum. Concerned with the fragmentation within the social sciences Vandenberghe called for a new theoretical synthesis. Over and against rational choice approaches, his analysis revolved around the symbolic and moral dimension of social life. In dialogue with the so-called Studies (cultural, gender, postcolonial studies, etc.) and recent developments in moral and political philosophy (ethics of care, recognition theory, etc.), the talk outlined the contours of an anti-utilitarian social theory of action.
Frederic Vandenberghe has lived in many places in the world, and worked with Habermas in
Frankfurt. He wrote his ph. D. in on theories of reification in German social theory, basically from Hegel to Habermas. Vandenberghe has also written a book on Simmel, another one on biotechnologies. His latest book, What’s Critical About Critical Theory? Essays in Reconstructive Social Theory will be published by Routledge. Paris