13 May 2024 · 6.00 pm

Stefani Engelstein: Love, in Theory… Sexual Love and the Dynamics of Polarity in Fichte, Schelling, and Günderrode

Venue: Freie Universität, Institut für Philosophie, Vortragsraum, Habelschwerdter Allee 30, 14195 Berlin
Research project(s): The Opposite Sex

Lecture as part of the MvBZ Lectures in Feminist Theory at Freie Universität Berlin

Love would seem to be the third rail of theory—too vague, too discredited, too personal to be examined directly, much less provocative and interesting than anger or hate. And yet it is ubiquitous in theories of gender, sociality, the interpersonal, and the political. Focusing on Fichte, Schelling, and Günderrode, this talk will explore the way emerging modern polar views of the sexes and of sexual love were integrated into generational dynamics to serve the production of distinctly modern ideologies of social, species, and ontological wholes. The talk will also unearth the glitches or productive detours in these thinkers that point towards alternate possibilities.

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Literary scholar Stefani Engelstein is a Guggenheim Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar with the project The Opposite Sex: A History.