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Short Talk | Democracies under Pressure #2: Freedom as a Problem

Apr 19, 2023 | 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM

As part of the short talk series Democracies under Pressure, Philosopher and SCRIPTS researcher Stefan Gosepath  answered questions about self-contradictions, legacies and unfulfilled promises of the liberal script in a short talk with Christoph D. Piorkowski.

Language: German.

An event of the Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS) in cooperation with Humboldt Labor of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Live & on site in the exhibition “Nach der Natur” of the Humboldt Labor on Wednesday, 19 April 2023 at 6.30 p.m


Liberal ideas and orders have lost much of their former appeal. Where promises of freedom turn out to be empty, disappointment seems inevitable. Which systemic injustices and historical legacies are inscribed in the liberal order? To what extent are the current challenges from within and without rooted in liberalism itself and its history which cannot be separated from colonialism? And what lessons do we learn from this today?


Stefan Gosepath is Professor of Practical philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and co-director of the collegiate research group 'Justitia Amplificata'. He is principal investigator at the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS as well as at further interdisciplinary research projects in Berlin. Gosepath's area of expertise is the link between moral philosophy and political theory. His research focuses on the role of equality and justice in political contexts and the tension between democracy and moral rights. He is a full member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz.

Christoph D. Piorkowski is a journalist and author. He writes political feature articles, on society and political current affairs, among others for the Tagesspiegel and Deutschlandfunk. 2022 he was Visiting Journalist at the Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS).

About the visit at Humboldt Lab

  • Language: German

  • Accessibility: The location is on the 1st floor, lifts are available. A tactile floor guidance system in connection with tactile floor plans makes it easier for blind and visually impaired people to find their way around. Wheelchairs, rollators, mobile seating and buggies are available for loan — please contact us.

Time & Location

Apr 19, 2023 | 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM

Humboldt Lab in the Humboldt Forum
Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Entrance Passage
1st floor, exhibition „After Nature“