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Professor Robert Pippin to deliver 2004 Ziegler Lecture

University of Chicago philosophy professor to speak Dec. 1

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2004) – University of Chicago Professor Robert Pippin will deliver the 2004 Dr. John Ziegler Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1.

The lecture, titled “Bourgeois Self-Hatred: On the Fate of the Ideal of a Free Life,” will be held in McGuire Hall in the Warde Academic Center on Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

In the lecture, Pippin will examine the question from the perspective of Hegel, who theorized that “true freedom is never individual, but social, only possible as part of a community and a culture.” 

Pippin is the Raymond W. and Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman for Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His areas of specialization include Kant, German idealism, Hegel, Nietzsche, Twentieth Century European Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy and Ethics. His interdisciplinary interests involve philosophical issues in literature, art history and film. He has authored numerous books and articles including “Henry James and Modern Moral Life” (2000), “Modernism as a Philosophical Problem” (1999) and “Idealism as Modernism” (1997). He is currently working on a book entitled “The Realization of Freedom: Hegel’s Practical Philosophy.” Pippin has held positions at the University of California, San Diego and Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.A. from Trinity College in 1970, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1972 and 1974, respectively. 

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