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The Power of Women. A Challenge for Democracy

10 December, 2021 - 13:40 to 15:40 Add to calendar

This workshop sheds light on intellectual history and its banal way of thinking: in doubting women, we are on safe ground, on the side of Aristotle, both in ancient Greece and in the premodern world that the Aristotelian tradition has intellectually shaped. This tradition of interconnected knowledge has formed a true paradigm. Natural Law – namely the principle that Nature teaches us norms and precepts, first of all in the domain of sexuality, gender and marriage –, is its touchstone. But the turning point in the cultural history of gender is the Enlightenment. It was the attribution to all human beings of a truly “common sense”, susceptible of flourishing through education, that created the conditions of possibility for a paradigm shift: “The rights of human beings result solely from the fact that they are sentient beings, susceptible of acquiring moral ideas, and of reasoning on these ideas. Thus, women having these same qualities, have necessarily equal rights“ (Nicolas de Condorcet).

“The power of women” is organized by Prof. Dr. Giulia Sissa, UCLA, De Sanctis Professor at ETHZ and Senior Fellow, Collegium Helveticum.

The workshop will take place at the Collegium Helveticum – with invited guests. Interested in participating? Join via Zoom:

Meeting-ID: 654 6470 2515
Passwort: 040702

Picture: Gustave-Claude-Etienne Courtois (1852–1923), Hercules at the Feet of Omphale (1912), oil on canvas, dimensions not known, Hôtel de Ville de Baulmes, Switzerland. Image by Don de Maurice Dériaz, via Wikimedia Commons
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Organized by Prof. Dr. Giulia Sissa UCLA, De Sanctis Professor at ETHZ and Senior Fellow


Collegium Helveticum / Zoom
Schmelzbergstrasse 25


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