Praxis Seminar: Research Colloquium in Practical Philosophy 2020/21, Session 11

Dirk Michael Hennrich

Praxis-CFUL, University of Lisbon

Anarchitecture: Beyond the Trinity of Modern Subjectivity

23 March 2021, 18h00 (Lisbon time – GMT+0)

Online Seminar (Zoom link here)




Thinking architecture today, in the age of total transformation of the planet earth through human interventions, recommends a reinterpretation of its purpose and meaning. Architecture understood as the technique of grounding and the art of the inauguration and the establishment of dwelling is since ever the mirror of human relationship to his environment and, before all, of the relationship to himself. Modernity may be characterized as the foundation of subjectivity and subjectivity as the principle of modernity. The modern subject is conceived as the absolute centre of world perception and everything, even himself, is the object of his own. The fundamental relationship of modern human to earth is therefore, what one may designate as the trinity of modern subjectivity: the proper, the property and the appropriation, well presented in Hegel’s Elements of Philosophy of Right (Property §41-§71). Contrary to this, the present talk aims to affirm the anarchic essence of human being and the necessity of a renewed form of dwelling on earth: Anarchitecture, a non-possessive architecture for the common.