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II. International Helmuth Plessner Congress

"Philosophical Anthropology. Politics and Society"

Kraków, 27.-29.03.2003

 Organisers: Helmuth Plessner Gesellschaft (www.helmuth-plessner.de), Centre for Political Thought (Ośrodek Myśli Politycznej, Krakow), Conditio Humana (Warszawa), Jagiellonian University (Krakow)

Program in German, English, Chinese and Polish - see: www.helmuth-plessner.de

Available texts:




Thursday, 27th March


7.00 pm


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Eßbach (Freiburg, GER)


7.15 pm

Prof. Dr. Lolle Nauta (Groningen, NL) 

How to read 'Die verspaetete Nation'? Some afterthoughts on Plessner's political anthropology


8.00 pm Buffet

10.00 pm End


Friday, 28th March


9.00 - 9.45 am  

Prof. Dr. Helmut Lethen (Rostock, GER) 

'Good form!' A topic in Plessner's and Gehlen's political anthroplogy


9.45 - 10.30 am 

Dr. Marek Cichocki (Warsaw, POL) 

Helmuth Plessner and Carl Schmitt - approach and distance


30 min Break


11.00 - 11.45 am  

PD Dr. Martin Endreß (Tübingen, GER) 

The Political. Sociological reflections in dialogue with Max Weber, Helmuth Plessner and Alfred Schutz


11.45 - 12.30 am  

Prof. Dr. Karl-Siegbert Rehberg (Dresden, GER)

Power as a form of bourgeois selfprotection in Plessner and Gehlen


12.30 - 2.15 pm Break


2:15 - 3:00 pm 

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Barnouw (Los Angeles, USA) 

The limits of utopia: Plessner and Arendt on the phenomenon of 'the Political'


3:00 - 3:45 pm 

PD Dr. Mikhail Khorkov (Moscow, RF) 

Plessner and Adorno: Relationship between sociology and Philosophical anthropology


30 min Break


4:15 - 5:00 pm

Dr. Charles Turner (Warwick, GB)

'Power and Human Nature': Plessner vs. Foucault


5:00 - 5:45 pm

Dr. Agata Bielik-Robson (Warsaw, POL)

"Blessing the limits": Helmuth Plessner and Charles Taylor on the philosophical anthropology of 'Mängelwesen'


6:15 - 6:45 pm General meeting of HPG members



Saturday, 29th March


9.00 - 9.45 am 

Prof. Dr. Paczkowska-Lagowska (Krakow, POL)

Der Mensch als geschichtliches Wesen. Die anthropologisch-politische Auffassung eines Diltheyschen Themas bei Helmuth Plessner


9.45 - 10.30 am

PD Dr. Heike Kämpf (Darmstadt, GER)

Towards an 'eccentric' concept of understanding. Plessner's 'Power and Human Nature'


30 min Break


11.00 - 11.45 am 

Prof. Dr. Bruno Accarino (Florence, IT) 

The impossible balance: Struggle as 'human condition' and as European fate in Helmuth Plessner's work


11.45 - 12.30 pm

Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Krüger (Potsdam, GER)

The public nature of human beings. A comparison of Plessner's philosophical anthropology with classical pragmatism


12:30 - 14:15 Break


2.15 - 3.00 pm

Dr. Andreas Göbel (Essen, GER)

Society as a historical concept? On Plessner's 'Theory of Society' from a sociological systems theory point of view


3.00 - 3.45 pm 

Prof. Dr. Andrew Wallace (Sonoma, USA)

From Plessner to Habermas: social criticism and the politics of modernity


30 min Break


4.15 - 5.00 pm

Prof. Dr. Cao Weidong (Beijing, CHN)

Die Kritik des sozialen Radikalismus und die Debatte zwischen dem Liberalismus und der Neuen Linken. Ein interner Dialog zwischen Plessner und dem chinesischen Kontext


5.45 - 6.30 pm

Prof. Dr. Zdzislaw Krasnodebski

(Bremen/Warsaw GER/POL)

Body and discourse: Helmuth Plessner as a critic of Liberalism

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