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Wedin, T. (2024). Universality as a Historical-Political Problem: On the Limits of Buck-Morss’ Conceptualisation of Universality. Critical Horizons
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Universality as a Historical-Political Problem: On the Limits of Buck-Morss’ Conceptualisation of Universality
2024 (English)In: Critical Horizons, ISSN 1440-9917, E-ISSN 1568-5160Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The present article revolves around the notion of universality and its relation to freedom and temporal orientation in contemporary political thought, with a focus on Susan Buck-Morss' notion of universality. The purpose is twofold. Firstly, I discern and critique the historico-political premises of her approach. Secondly, I suggest an alternative historico-political approach to universality addressing the drawbacks of her approach. I present three objections to her approach. Drawing on Arendt's distinction between liberation and the practice of freedom, I first present a critique of the conceptualisation of freedom on which Buck-Morss' approach hinges, arguing that she overemphasises the moment of liberation. Thereafter, I turn to her reflections on historical orientation. My third objection concentrates on Buck-Morss' concept of universality. As a heuristic tool to expound on my critique, I activate the distinction between fictive and ideal universality as suggested by Étienne Balibar. I contend that Arendt's distinction between liberation and the practice of freedom efficiently elucidates the questions at stake in Balibar's discussion, as well as how his distinction points to the limits of Buck-Morss' argumentation. Ultimately, I contend that these critical remarks open up for a more dialectical approach to universality as a historical-political problem. © 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis Group, 2024
Keywords
Buck-Morss, freedom, historical-political, historicity, Universality
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities, TRAINS
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-53313 (URN)10.1080/14409917.2024.2329534 (DOI)001207017400001 ()2-s2.0-85191166249 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2019-00530
Available from: 2024-05-06 Created: 2024-05-06 Last updated: 2024-05-06Bibliographically approved
Wedin, T. & Hantelius, E. (2023). Kommunikatörerna som symptom på offentliga sektorns omvandlingar under new public management. ARKIV. Tidskrift för samhällsanalys (15), 117-140
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kommunikatörerna som symptom på offentliga sektorns omvandlingar under new public management
2023 (Swedish)In: ARKIV. Tidskrift för samhällsanalys, ISSN 2000-6225, E-ISSN 2000-6217, no 15, p. 117-140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Mot bakgrund de förvaltningspolitiska förändringarna i Sverige under de sista decennierna, präglade av new public management, analyserar Tomas Wedin och Emelie Hantelius en av de snabbast expanderande yrkesgrupperna inom den offentliga förvaltningen under samma period: kommunikatörerna. Artikeln fokuserar på yrkesgruppens både organisationsinterna uppdrag och dess externa, demokratiska uppdrag gentemot medborgarna och visar hur spänningar uppstår inom båda dessa uppdrag som en konsekvens av kommunikatörernas strävan att stärka sin autonomi. Författarna visar hur kommunikatörerna i sin roll som länken mellan myndighet och medborgare skulle kunna verka för att stärka den offentliga organisationens demokratiska kärnuppdrag, men att detta förutsätter att de i sin professionaliseringssträvan inte låter blicken grumlas av den marknadslogik som kommit att prägla offentlig sektor i det senmoderna samhället.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Stiftelsen Arkiv för främjande och spridning av samhällsvetenskaplig och historisk forskning, 2023
Keywords
kommunikatörer, offentlig förvaltning, new public management, demokrati
National Category
Social Sciences Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51720 (URN)10.13068/2000-6217.15.4 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-09-29 Created: 2023-09-29 Last updated: 2023-11-24Bibliographically approved
Wedin, T. (2023). Mänskliga rättigheter som politiskt-temporalt problem: Debatten runt Claude Lefort kring 1980. In: Hjalmar Falk; My Klockar Linder; Petter Tistedt (Ed.), Perspektiv på politisk idéhistoria: (pp. 277-296). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mänskliga rättigheter som politiskt-temporalt problem: Debatten runt Claude Lefort kring 1980
2023 (Swedish)In: Perspektiv på politisk idéhistoria / [ed] Hjalmar Falk; My Klockar Linder; Petter Tistedt, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2023, p. 277-296Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2023
Series
Södertörn Academic Studies, ISSN 1650-433X ; 93
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51721 (URN)978-91-89504-34-9 (ISBN)978-91-89504-35-6 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2019-00530
Available from: 2023-09-29 Created: 2023-09-29 Last updated: 2023-11-14Bibliographically approved
Wedin, T. (2023). On the French Origins of Samuel Moyn’s the Last Utopia. Global Intellectual History
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the French Origins of Samuel Moyn’s the Last Utopia
2023 (English)In: Global Intellectual History, ISSN 2380-1883, E-ISSN 2380-1891Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to provide an account of an important yet overlooked source of inspiration in Samuel Moyn’s contributions to the historical turn in the field of human rights studies. It examines the impact of an earlier French debate that occurred within a reflection group for political thought, headed by the French historian François Furet, on Moyn's scholarship. A notable similarity between the French debate that emerged in the late 1970s and the historical turn in Anglophone scholarship a couple of decades later is the emphasis on the temporal dimension of human rights. However, the French debate placed greater emphasis on the effects of human rights on a society's capacity to orient itself temporally, while Moyn and his intellectual adversaries primarily addressed genealogical questions. The article highlights the different temporal aspects of the human rights debate emphasized by these two debates: as a politico-temporal issue (as seen in the French debate), and primarily as a historiographical problem (as exemplified by Moyn’s approach). © 2023 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2023
Keywords
historical turn, human rights, Marcel Gauchet, Samuel Moyn, temporality
National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51436 (URN)10.1080/23801883.2023.2229975 (DOI)2-s2.0-85164495109 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, F20-0109Swedish Research Council, 2019-00530
Available from: 2023-08-17 Created: 2023-08-17 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved
Wedin, T. (2023). Samuel Moyn and Marcel Gauchet on the Relationship Between Human Rights, Neoliberalism, and Inequality. Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 41(4), 471-489
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Samuel Moyn and Marcel Gauchet on the Relationship Between Human Rights, Neoliberalism, and Inequality
2023 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Human Rights, ISSN 1891-8131, E-ISSN 1891-814X, Vol. 41, no 4, p. 471-489Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the acclaimed interconnections between human rights, inequality, and neoliberalism. I first turn to the thought of one of the most influential scholars on the question, historian Samuel Moyn. I unveil a hitherto unacknowledged shift in his historical-political approach to human rights: from a focus on what I shall refer to as a critique of ‘political minimalism’ in The Last Utopia (2010) to a focus on economic minimalism in Not Enough (2018). This is the article’s first, historical aim. The second aim is to criticize Moyn’s more recent position. I unpack my argument by drawing on one of Moyn’s most important sources of inspiration: French social philosopher Marcel Gauchet. Gauchet’s conceptualization of the role of human rights in late modernity (the 1970s and onwards) played a crucial role in Moyn’s first 2010 study; in his last publication, it plays a much more marginal role. I maintain that Gauchet’s analysis highlights the limits not only of Moyn’s latest publication but of the dominant strands in the current Anglophone debate on human rights and inequality more generally. The drawback of the debate, and thus Moyn’s intervention, is that it disregards the relationship between human rights and equality—in contrast to its great focus on human rights’ relationship to inequality—in late modernity. The strength of Gauchet’s approach is that it highlights the potentiality of taking the relationship between human rights and equality into consideration when attempting to conceptualize the relationship between human rights and neoliberalism. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
Human rights, Samuel Moyn, Inequality, Marcel Gauchet, Neoliberalism, Equality
National Category
Social Sciences History of Ideas
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51719 (URN)10.1080/18918131.2023.2250676 (DOI)001067590700001 ()2-s2.0-85170692049 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2019-00530
Available from: 2023-09-29 Created: 2023-09-29 Last updated: 2024-03-19Bibliographically approved
Johansson Wilén, E., Wedin, T. & Wilén, C. (Eds.). (2021). Ideologikritik (1ed.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ideologikritik
2021 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2021 Edition: 1
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-47923 (URN)978-91-44-13988-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-08-23 Created: 2022-08-23 Last updated: 2022-11-17Bibliographically approved
Johansson Wilén, E., Wedin, T. & Wilén, C. (2021). Ideologikritikens återkomst. In: Ideologikritik: (pp. 17-44). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ideologikritikens återkomst
2021 (Swedish)In: Ideologikritik, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2021, p. 17-44Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2021
National Category
Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-47927 (URN)978-91-44-13988-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-08-23 Created: 2022-08-23 Last updated: 2022-11-17Bibliographically approved
Wedin, T. (2021). Tidskriften Le Débat 1980–2020. Lychnos, 337-342
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tidskriften Le Débat 1980–2020
2021 (Swedish)In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, , p. 337-342p. 337-342Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Lärdomshistoriska samfundet, 2021. p. 337-342
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51722 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2019-00530
Available from: 2023-09-29 Created: 2023-09-29 Last updated: 2023-10-31Bibliographically approved
Wedin, T. (2020). De mänskliga rättigheternas möjligheter och begränsningar som politiskt ideal [Review]. Lychnos, 306-313
Open this publication in new window or tab >>De mänskliga rättigheternas möjligheter och begränsningar som politiskt ideal
2020 (Swedish)In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 306-313Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Lärdomshistoriska samfundet, 2020
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51723 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2019-00530
Available from: 2023-09-29 Created: 2023-09-29 Last updated: 2023-10-31Bibliographically approved
Wedin, T. (2020). Kei Hiruta (Ed.), Arendt on Freedom, Liberation, and Revolution, Palgrave Macmillan2019, 302 pp. [Review]. HannahArendt.net, 10(1), 146-148
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kei Hiruta (Ed.), Arendt on Freedom, Liberation, and Revolution, Palgrave Macmillan2019, 302 pp.
2020 (English)In: HannahArendt.net, E-ISSN 1869-5787, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 146-148Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, 2020
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51725 (URN)10.57773/hanet.v10i1 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2019-00530
Available from: 2023-09-29 Created: 2023-09-29 Last updated: 2023-10-31Bibliographically approved
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