Bard College Berlin Presents
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ghazali, Free Speech, and the State

Bard College Berlin Lecture Hall, Platanenstr. 98a, Berlin-Pankow

A talk by John Taylor (Smolny College)

"Tonight, I present a brief summary of the Abdullah story from the Burton translation of the 1001 Nights together with commentary. I emphasize that I treat of the Burton translation only in so far as it was part of English literature. I do not pretend to knowledge of the story’s Islamic content, still less of its possible pre-Islamic origins; whether Burton was right or wrong does not matter here, either.  His translation was widely read, and it was beloved and believed. We can learn much for this story and its reception in 19th century England: it contained a version on the philosophical system called occasionalism, and connected this philosophy to a theory of economics. My account of the story will concern occasional philosophy as a possible basis of economic science and how this structures public discourse about God and state-market relations."

John Taylor is Associate Professor in the Department of Theory and Methodology for Teaching Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny College) of Saint Petersburg State University. He holds a PhD in British History from the University of Chicago. He improved his qualifications at Darwin College (University of Cambridge, 1969–1970, 1976), and was a visiting fellow for one year at Harvard University (1984). He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo and at the International Christian University Tokyo (1999-2000), and at St. Petersburg University (2004–2005). His most recent books are Adam Smith: Relevance for the 21st Century (2018, St. Petersburg), and How the Internet Exposed the Private Lives of the Royal Family (2011, Edwin Mellen Press). He has published numerous articles on British political economy, Adam Smith, English literature, and the history of Great Britain and the USA. 

Date & time: Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 7:00pm
Venue: Bard College Berlin Lecture Hall, Platanenstr. 98a, Berlin-Pankow

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Location: Bard College Berlin Lecture Hall, Platanenstr. 98a, Berlin-Pankow

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