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Rebecka Lettevall

Rebecka Lettevall

Associate Professor

Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES)

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

On leave of absence

Leave of absence until 2017-06-30, reference

Contact information

Rebecka Lettevall
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Flemingsberg
Fax: +46 8 608 4010
Publications

Studier i Pædagogisk Filosofi 2015, 4 (2): 81-93.

Cosmopolitanism is a value-loaded concept that seems to become popular in intervals. The latest cosmopolitan period started after the end of the Cold War and the breakdown of the Soviet Union and concentrated mostly on aspects such as “a new world order”, and often with reference to Kant. It might be questioned if the cosmopolitan period still exists. Here it is suggested that a historical understanding of cosmopolitanism together with experience from later social and political experiences might give a new perspective on the difficulties of creating a better world in a Kantian sense, including cosmopolitan education. Considering its history and taking concern of experience Kant’s cosmopolitanism still is relevant, not least in its broader sense.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2015

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

In: Upp genom mörkret / Ngugi wa Thiongo. Stockholm : Modernista, 2015. v-ix.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2015

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Eco-ethica 2014, 3 : 39-51.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2014

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

In: Tillsammans. Stockholm : Bokförlaget Atlas, 2014. 85-103.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2014

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Critique of Cosmopolitan Reason. Oxford : Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2014. 3-34.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Kristian Petrov

Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2014

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Oxford : Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2014.

Since the Enlightenment, the definition of terms such as humanity, citizenship and rights has fluctuated and these ideas continue to haverelevance for contemporary discussions of globalization from a «cosmopolitan» perspective. This volume goes back to the conception ofcosmopolitanism in Greek antiquity in order to trace it through history, resulting in an unmasking of its many myths. The concept is reconstructedwith reference not only to well-known (and some lesser known) historical thinkers of cosmopolitanism, but also to noted «anti-cosmopolitans».The first aim of the book is to display historical perspectives on a discourse which has been dominated by ahistorical presumptions. Thesecond is to critically explore alternative paths beyond the Western imagination, redefining the Enlightenment legacy and the centre-peripherydichotomy. Most notably, Eastern Europe and the Arab world are integrated within the analysis of cosmopolitanism. Within a framework ofconceptual history (Begriffsgeschichte), cosmopolitan reason is criticized from the viewpoints of comparative literature, psychoanalysis,phenomenology, postcolonialism and moral philosophy.The book’s critical approach is an attempt to come to terms with the anachronism, essentialism, ethnocentrism and anthropocentrism thatsometimes underlie contemporary theoretical and methodological uses of the term «cosmopolitanism». By adding historical and contextualdepth to the problem of cosmopolitanism, a reflexive corrective is presented to enhance ongoing discussions of this topic within as well asoutside academia.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Kristian Petrov

Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2014

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Stockholm : Axl Books, 2014.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Anders BurmanRebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2014

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Tysk idealism. Stockholm : Axl Books, 2014. 7-38.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Anders BurmanRebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2014

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Ideas in History 2013, 7 (1-2): 5-13.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Katarina Leppänen

Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2013

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Sjuttonhundratal 2013, : 188-192.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2013

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Göteborg : Daidalos, 2013.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Sven-Eric Liedman

Anders BurmanRebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2013

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Eco-Ethica 2012, 2 : 53-63.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2012

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

In: East European Diasporas, Migration and Cosmopolitanism. London and New York : Routledge, 2012. 13-24.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2012

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

In: Tid för Europa. Göteborg : Daidalos, 2012. 45-59.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2012

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

New York : Routledge, 2012.

Whether in science or in international politics, neutrality has sometimes been promoted, not only as a viable political alternative but as a lofty ideal – in politics by nations proclaiming their peacefulness, in science as an underpinning of epistemology, in journalism and other intellectual pursuits as a foundation of a professional ethos. Time and again scientists and other intellectuals have claimed their endeavors to be neutral, elevated above the world of partisan conflict and power politics. This volume studies the resonances between neutrality in science and culture and neutrality in politics. By analyzing the activities of scientists, intellectuals, and politicians (sometimes overlapping categories) of mostly neutral nations in the First World War and after, it traces how an ideology of neutralism was developed that soon was embraced by international organizations.This book explores how the notion of neutrality has been used and how a neutralist discourse developed in history. None of the contributions take claims of neutrality at face value – some even show how they were made to advance partisan interests. The concept was typically clustered with notions, such as peace, internationalism, objectivity, rationality, and civilization. But its meaning was changeable – varying with professional, ideological, or national context. As such, Neutrality in Twentieth-Century Europe presents a different perspective on the century than the story of the great belligerent powers, and one in which science, culture, and politics are inextricably mixed.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Geert Somsen

Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2012

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Lychnos 2011, : 101-118.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Anders BurmanRebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2011

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Rethinking Time. Huddinge : Södertörns högskola, 2011. 179-188.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2011

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Eco-ethica 2011, 1 : 189-202.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2011

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Nature, culture and race, Södertörn Lectures 5. Huddinge : Södertörns högskola, 2010. 5-9.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2010

School/Centre

CBEES

-


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Dygder och laster. Lund : Nordic Academic Press, 2010. 323-339.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2010

School/Centre

CBEES

-


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Kaliningrad identity - crucial to democracy and development in the Baltic Sea region. Huddinge : Södertörn University.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2009

School/Centre

CBEES

-


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Neither Global nor National. Huddinge : Södertörns högskola, 2009. 5-9.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2009

School/Centre

CBEES

-


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Kantian Review 2009, 14 (1): 152-155.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2009

School/Centre

CBEES

-


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Acta institutionis philosophiae et aestheticae 2009, 25 : 59-69.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2009

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Political Concepts. Working papers by The Committee on Concepts and Methods of the International Political Science Association 2009, 40 : -11.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2009

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Håller Europa?. Stockholm : Cordia/Verbum, 2009. 58-70.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2009

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Fred i realpolitikens skugga. Lund : Studentlitteratur, 2009. 49-64.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2009

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: The Idea of Kosmopolis. Huddinge : Södertörns högskola, 2008. 5-12.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
My Klockar LinderRebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2008

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Recht und Frieden in der Philosophie Kants. Berlin : De Gruyter.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2008

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Europas gränser. Nora : Nya Doxa, 2008. 181-206.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2008

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik : Annual review of law and ethics 2008, 17 : 133-150.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2008

School/Centre

CBEES

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: The idea of Kosmopolis. Huddinge : Södertörns högskola, 2008. 13-30.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2008

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Huddinge : Södertörns högskola, 2008.

Contemporary discussions on cosmopolitanism are often based on older assumptions that have become invisible or hard to unearth. This volume explores the idea of kosmopolis by placing it into different historical, philosophical, social, and political contexts. By bringing together different views on and aspects of cosmopolitanism, the volume aims at contributing to new understandings of kosmopolis and the resulting cosmopolitan ideal, and of the fears this concept may generate.The nine contributors discuss kosmopolis within the contexts of philosophers such as Heraclitus and Kant, the thoughts and texts of the nobility, intellectual thoughts from the Enlightenment, contemporary political institutions, and grass root cosmopolitanism. The intent is to illustrate how the meaning of »cosmopolitanism« is influenced not only by its history but also by its specific contexts.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
My Klockar LinderRebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2008

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Svenska dagbladet 2007, 25/10 : -.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2007

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Forskning och framsteg 2007, 8 : 52-55.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2007

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Lychnos 2006, : 364-365.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2006

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Herder, Suomi, Eurooppa. Helsinki : Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 2006. 114-126.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2006

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Filosofiska citat. Stockholm : Atlantis, 2006. 173-182.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2006

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Lychnos 2005, : 359-363.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2005

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Trygghet och äventyr. Stockholm : Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2005

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Upsala Nya Tidning 2004, 22/4 : -.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2004

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Philosophieren im Ostseeraum. Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 2004. 77-87.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2004

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Slagmark 2004, 41 : 55-66.

Lettevall tager i artiklen fat på næste større fase i kosmopolitismens idéhistorie – den helt uomgængelige formulering den får i oplysningstiden og specielt hos Kant; ikke mindst i hans lille, men meget vigtige værk fra 1795, Til den evige fred. Lettevall diskuterer Kants begrænsning af kosmopolitisk ret til gæstfrihed, som han formulerede i en kritik af sin samtids kolonialisme. Hun viser også i en diskussion af Kants antropologiske forelæsninger, at kosmopolitter sagtens kan være snæversynede.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2004

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Whither Europe?. Göteborg : CERGU.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2003

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Lärdomens bilder. Stockholm : Atlantis, 2002. 177-190.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2002

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

History of Ideas


Research area for doctoral studies

-

This dissertation, a contribution to the history of ideas, is a study of Immanuel Kant’s 1795 monograph Zum ewigen Frieden (Perpetual Peace) and its effective history. The intention is to show how this particular work has been formed, read, discussed and interpreted for about 200 years. Considering the attention the work received on its bicentennial anniversary in comparison with the attention it had received before that, there is a good reason for studying it in a long perspective. This book consists of three parts. In part I, the focus is directed on the situation in which Kant wrote Perpetual Peace. The peace treaty tradition and the view of war and peace are dealt with as a background for the ideas and the reception of Kant’s peace treaty. The form and content of Perpetual Peace are discussed as well as its relation to Kant’s critical philosophy. Part II focuses on the principle ideas in Perpetual Peace: how a peaceful society founded on principles of rights is possible. Kant’s solution is to suggest a certain internal order in society, which should be complemented with an external. In my analysis of his republicanism, federalism, and cosmopolitanism, I emphasise Kant’s dependence on stoic ideals, but also on the French revolutionist Emmanuel Sieyès. Part III, finally, is an attempt to apply Gadamer’s concept of effective history on the large varieties of readings of Perpetual Peace over time. One of the interpreters was the German philosopher Karl Vorländer, who as an ideological advisor for the German socialist party tried to concretise Kant’s ideas of perpetual peace. His view of Kant is far from the ideals in Wilhelminian Germany, as well as from the cosmopolitan ideals appearing in the 1990s. These quite different interpretations of Perpetual Peace indicate that it makes sense to use such a concept as effective history. In my discussion all these aspects are of importance.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Lennart Olausson

Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2001

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Lychnos 1998, : -249.

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Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
1998

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Lychnos 1997, : 288-289.

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Rebecka Lettevall

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
1997

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