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What are the initiatives and potentials of severe idea this present day? How may still we critique the current? Critique this present day brings jointly various views in severe social philosophy that question our social and historic constellation. It comprises contributions through Genevieve Lloyd, Shane O'Neill, Paul Patton, Paul Redding, Emmanuel Renault, and Nicholas Smith, and examines severe intersections within the paintings of Jurgen Habermas, Axel Honneth, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, and Giorgio Agamben. Critique at the present time goals to additional the continuing discussion among German serious conception and French post-structuralism, explores the connection among philosophy and social concept, and develops new ways to Hegel and theories of popularity, the subject matter of social desire, and modern discussions of rights and tool.

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I mentioned earlier that Neiman sees September 11 as a conjunction of absolute clear-mindedness and absolute malice—shocking in its degree of evil, but not of itself conceptually disturbing. Rather than challenging any ‘old fashioned’ conception of evil, September 11, on her approach, is shocking in its very simplicity—its chillingly intentional, 34 • Genevieve Lloyd calculated evildoing. But I think Derrida’s metaphors help us to see something that is conceptually disturbing here: the distinctive kind of self-destruction that is part of the event.

The world’ is so much with us that we can forget that it is itself a conceptual construct with a history; and the connections between providence and cosmopolitanism are much older than the Enlightenment juxtaposition which shaped modern western ideas of moral and political progress. Those connections can be hard to recapture when ‘cosmopolitanism’ has come to mean little more than smart city lifestyles, while ‘providence’ is confined to conventional piety. But the connections have a long history.

I will be discussing later the interesting ways in which both Habermas and Derrida have also drawn more recently 24 • Genevieve Lloyd on Kant’s political essays to develop philosophical responses to the ‘event’ we know as ‘September 11’. They put the Kantian texts to work to explore themes of cosmopolitanism, tolerance and the ‘public sphere’. But I want also to get into the picture another connected, but less familiar, theme from Kant’s political essays: the idea of Providence. I want to argue that the idea of Providence—quaint though it may now have largely become—is important to the philosophical understanding of September 11.

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