Concordia University

Horst Hutter, PhD

Professor, Political Science

Dr. Horst Hutter's research has focused on the connections between philosophy and religions in the context of modern, pluralistic societies. Philosophy is to be understood, following both Plato and Nietzsche, as a way of living and viewing the world as a whole.As such it may provide comprehensive guidelines for resolving inter-religious conflicts. The variety of religions and of dispositions of faith which must co-exist within pluralist and secular societies presents enormous potentials for civic conflict. Philosophy as a guide to shaping political futures can show how the potentials for peace and cooperation inherent in all religions my be used to subdue the tendencies to conflicts between religions. This research has resulted so far in one essay in French in the Quebecois cultural journal "Conjonctures", Volumes 45/46, November 2008, pp. 89-121; and one chapter on thumotic politics in a book edited by Dr. Katie Terezakis from the Rochester Institute of Technology. This has been published by Lexington Books.

Dr. Hutter is currently working on the political functions of mythological thinking. This effort starts from the important recent work by Hans Blumenberg and by Jan Assmann on the persistence of foundational myths through time as guides to action and to the shaping of communities.It will explore the connections between the transmission of myths and their role in the shaping of emotional commitments to political and religious communities.

Finally Dr. Hutter is planning a commented translation of lecture notes by an unknown student in a Heidegger seminar in 1925/26.This translation from German and Greek and the comments thereto will enable the author also to explore the connections of Heidegger's philosophical teaching to the political situation in the Weimar Republic at the time.

Research interests

Politics of Anger; Plato; Nietzsche.

Participation activities

Nietzsche's Therapeutic Teaching: For Individuals and Culture published by Bloomsbury Publishing, co-edited by Professor Horst Hutter and Eli Friedland.

"Nietzsche's Thumotic Politics: A programmatic Statement with an Eye on Agnes Heller." In Engaging Agnes Heller: A Critical Companion. Edited by Katie Terezakis. (Lexington Books, 2009), 193-223.

Philosophie et religions comme gymnastiques de la volonté dans la pensée
Nietzschéenne", Conjonctures, (2008), No.45/46, Èté-automne, 2008, 89-120.

Shaping the Future.
Nietzsche's New Regime of the Soul and its Ascetic Practices. Lanham, Maryland, Lexington Books, 2006.

“Thumos and Psyche”, Etudes Hellenique/Hellenic Studies Vol. 5, No.1, Printemps/Spring, 1997, 81-95

"Philosophy as Self-Transformation” Historical Reflections/Reflexion Historigves, Vol.16, Nos.2&3, 1989, 171-198.

Politics as Friendship:the origin
s of classical notions of politics in the theory and practice of friendship. Waterloo, Ontario, Wilfried Laurier University Press, 1978.

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