January 22, 2019

IILJ History and Theory of International Law Workshop

On 22 January 2019, we gathered for our first session of the Spring 2019 History and Theory of International Law Workshops Series. Our topic was The Role of Concepts in Intellectual History.

How can we explain conceptual innovation and change in intellectual history? And how is it possible for concepts sometimes to travel over the historical long-term and to have a causal impact on the history of events? Alberico Gentili Senior Fellow Benjamin Straumann presented his paper The Energy of Concepts: For a Fregean History of Conceptual and Historical Change, which defends ‘analytic contextualism’.

Commentators:

Jeremy Waldron, NYU Law Professor

Tamsin Shaw, NYU Philosophy Professor

Steven Lukes, NYU Sociology Professor

Moderator: Karin Loevy