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Not At Home

Sarah Fine (Cambridge)


In this paper I explore the idea of countries as homes. The histories of 'home' and 'country' are intertwined. I critically examine the thought that people should (or ought to be able to) feel at home in “their” countries. Focusing on themes of comfort and control, I argue that we should give up on the idea that people ought to be able to feel at home in their countries.



The Institute of Philosophy hosts a regular workshop series entitled ‘The Practical, the Political, and the Ethical’.
The series was created in 2015 by Véronique Munoz-Dardé (UCL) and Hallvard Lillehammer (Birkbeck) in order to discuss work in progress from visiting speakers.
This year the series is convened by Elise Woodard (KCL) and Michael Hannon (Nottingham). Talks are normally 45 minutes (no pre-circulation of the paper), followed by discussion. All are welcome.