'Some (uncomfortable) thoughts on the History of Equality'

Lecture by Darrin McMahon, 17 February 2020

On 17 February, Darrin McMahon (Dartmouth College) will give a lecture on “Some (uncomfortable) thoughts on the History of Equality”, followed by a roundtable discussion on publishing in the field of intellectual history.

The meeting will take place in the common room of the Collegium for Advanced Studies on Fabianinkatu (3rd floor). The event is supported by projects funded by the Academy of Finland.


“In comparison to the history of liberty, the history of equality has been strangely neglected by intellectual historians.  In this talk, Professor McMahon will address this neglect and recent attempts to remedy it, while putting forth a series of “uncomfortable truths” culled from the long history of (in-)equality both ancient and modern."  

Darrin M. McMahon is the Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor at Dartmouth College and Co-Editor of Modern Intellectual History.  He is the author or editor of seven books, including Enemies of the Enlightenment (Oxford); Happiness: A History (Atlantic), Divine Fury: A History of Genius (Basic), and ed. with Samuel Moyn of Rethinking Modern Intellectual History (Oxford).  A frequent contributor to such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, and the Literary Review, he is currently writing a history of notions of equality, under contract with Basic Books, and is working on a study of lighting and illumination in the age of Enlightenment.


4.15-5.00 Lecture by Darrin McMahon

5.00-5.20 Commments by Johanna Rainio-Niemi and Kari Saastamoinen 

5.20.-5.45 Questions and comments from the audience 

5.45-6.00 Break for serving wine and nibbles

6.00-7.00 Roundtable about publishing in the field of intellectual history (with wine and nibbles)