Friday, November 27, 2009
Audio: "Rethinking Secularism: Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor in Conversation," November 20, 2009.
"Another World is Necessary: Crisis, Struggle and Political Alternatives," University of London, SOAS and Birbeck, November 27-29, 2009.
- Editors' Introduction by Arne De Boever, Alex Murray, Jon Roffe and Ashley Woodward
- The Position of the Problem of Ontogenesis by Gilbert Simondon, translated by Gregory Flanders
- 'Du mort qui saisit le vif': Simondonian ontology today by Jean-Hughes Barthélémy, translated by Justin Clemens
- Technical Mentality by Gilbert Simondon, translated by Arne De Boever
- The Theater of Individuation: Phase-shift and Resolution in Simondon and Heidegger by Bernard Stiegler, translated by Kristina Lebedeva
- Angels and the General Intellect: Individuation in Duns Scotus and Gilbert Simondon by Paolo Virno, translated by Nick Heron
- Bernard Stiegler, Technics and Time, 2: Disorientation by Kristina Lebedeva
- "Technical Mentality" Revisited: Brian Massumi on Gilbert Simondon with Arne De Boever, Alex Murray and Jon Roffe
- Alberto Toscano, The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation between Kant and Deleuze by Eugene Thacker
Monday, November 23, 2009
"Divining the Message / Mediating the Divine," Graduate Students' Conference, Department of Religion, University of Columbia, April 2-3, 2010.
Cfp: "Video Game Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment," Mansfield College, University of Oxford, July 7-9, 2010.
Cfp: "Realisms in Contemporary Culture: Theories, Politics and Medial Configurations," FRIAS, Freiburg University, September 23-25, 2010.
In the context of structuralist and poststructuralist theory, realism, with its implication of a transparent representation of reality, was deemed at best out-moded and at worst ideologically insidious. Recent years, however, have seen a revival of the term in analyses of contemporary developments in literature and film, at times even as a yardstick for measuring the quality of individual works. A closer look shows that in critical debates widely differing concepts of realism are used, often connected with explicit or implicit ideological positions. The question of what may be understood by realism is thus still very much open to debate and, what is more, highly charged.
The aim of this conference is, firstly, to chart the territory of the usages of the term ‘realism’ in contemporary theory. Secondly, we want to discuss the validity and usefulness of the ‘realisms’ posited for describing and analyzing trends in contemporary literature and film. How does the debate on realism tie in with the ongoing controversies regarding the connections between ethics or politics and form? In what ways do ‘realist’ contemporary works relate to socio-cultural developments? In order to foster an interdisciplinary discussion, we invite papers from a range of different disciplines (e.g. literary studies, media and digital studies, art history) on topics such as Concepts of realism in contemporary critical debate Formal realism and reception aesthetics Medial developments and realism Transmedial comparison of the ‘reality effect’ Case studies of realism in contemporary culture Ethics / Politics and realism … Contributors are strongly encouraged to make explicit their own usage of ‘realism’ by reflecting on the question of what they see as realism and how they would distinguish it from other modes of representation. Application Please send your one-page abstract for a 30-minute presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline is 31st January 2010. Organizing Institution The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the University of Freiburg’s international research college. It was established after Freiburg’s success in the Federal Excellence Initiative in October 2007. As a centre-piece of the Albert-Ludwigs-University’s institutional strategy, FRIAS pursues three main objectives: to promote top level research, to develop new interdisciplinary areas of competence and knowledge, and to foster the advancement of outstanding junior scholars. Contact For further information, please contact Dr. Stella Butter (email@example.com) or Dr. Dorothee Birke (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cfp: "Rhetoric 2.0: Continuity and Change from the Oral Tradition to the Digital Age," Texas Woman's University, February 12, 2010.
Cfp: "Nietzsche's Postmoralism," Department of Philosophy, University of Southampton, July 7–9, 2010.
* Dan Conway (Texas & AM)
* Christa Davis Acampora (Hunter College, CUNY)
* Rainer Forst (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt)
* Paul Loeb (Puget Sound)
* Alexander Nehamas (Princeton)
* Robert Pippin (Chicago)
* Tamsin Shaw (Princeton)
* Ivan Soll (Wisconsin-Madison)
Possible topics include (but are by no means limited to):
- What ‘postmoralism’ is or means;
- What sort of alternative to ‘morality’ Nietzsche intends (e.g. perfectionist or otherwise, social or individualistic);
- Who is to bring about, or engage in, this alternative ideal;
- Nietzsche’s ideal type;
- How ‘immoral’ Nietzsche’s postmoralism is;
- Which values might survive Nietzsche's critique of morality and/or feature in his positive ideal;
- Whether Nietzsche’s postmoralism is adequately motivated by his critique of morality;
- The justificatory/metaethical status of Nietzsche’s positive normative/evaluative claims.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Cfp: Annual Conference, Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, Concordia University, June 2-4, 2010.
Wiedebach, Hartwig. Review of Benjamin Pollock, FRANZ ROSENZWEIG AND THE THE SYSTEMATIC TASK OF PHILOSOPHY. NDPR (November 2009).
Polt, Richard. Review of Martin Heidegger, BASIC CONCEPTS OF ARISTOTELIAN PHILOSOPHY. NDPR (November 2009).
Vessey, David. Review of John Arthos, THE INNER WORD IN GADAMER'S HERMENEUTICS. NDPR (November 2009).
there is an idea that is not Greek that does more justice to the being of language, and so prevented the forgetfulness of language in Western thought from being complete. This is the idea of Christian incarnation.The "forgetfulness of language" is the view that since Plato (according to Gadamer) language is understood as standing in a merely semiotic, instrumental relationship to things. Words are signs, they typically have a different kind of being than the things they signify, and we relate to them as tools of use for thought and communication. Gadamer disagrees with this view and argues over the course of the final third of Truth and Method that there is a fundamentally ontological connection between words and things and that language is not first and foremost a tool for our use, but the medium through which the world is disclosed to consciousness. Gadamer holds that we are able to escape the "forgetfulness of language" only because we've inherited the conceptual resources generated by medieval interpretations of the Trinity. He is quick to point out that he is not interested in the theological implications of Trinitarian thought; still, we owe a great debt to Arthos for working out in detail how something that is literally a theological mystery can provide substantive conceptual resources for solving a philosophical problem absolutely central to Gadamer's hermeneutics. Indeed because it sheds light on Gadamer's theory of language, and language is so fundamental to his hermeneutics, through addressing this topic Arthos provides a coherent, systematic overview of Gadamer's philosophy. Although his focus is the small section of Truth and Method, he draws widely from Gadamer's Gesammelte Werke. . . . Read the rest here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=18105.
Monday, November 09, 2009
"Nietzsches Wissenschaftsphilosophie / Nietzsche's Philosophy of Science," Technische Universität Berlin, July 18–21, 2010.
Cfp: "The Futures of Phenomenology," Department of Philosophy, National University of Ireland, Galway, March 6-7, 2010.
"The Future of Philosophy: Metaphilosophical Directions for the 21st Century," Institute of Philosophy, University of London, December 11, 2009.
"Subject and Appearance: On Alain Badiou's THEORY OF THE SUBJECT and LOGICS OF WORLDS, Middlesex University, November 20, 2010.
- Bruno Bosteels, Theory of the Subject (Cornell University, NY)
- Kristin Ross, "Badiou, Mallarmé and the Commune" ( New York University)
11.15 Discussion Chair: Peter Hallward
12.30 Lunch Break
- Alberto Toscano, Logics of Worlds (Goldsmiths, London)
- Ali Alizadeh "Badiou and Hegel" (CRMEP, Middlesex University)
2.30: Discussion Chair: Peter Osborne
4.00 Subject, Appearance, Politics Panel:Ali Alizadeh, Bruno Bosteels, Nina Power, Kristin Ross, Alberto Toscano Chair: Éric Alliez 4.30 Closing discussion 5.00–6.30 Reception Further information is here: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/www/CRMEP/EVENTS/Subject&Appearance.htm.
"Thirty Years After: Richard Rorty & the Mirror of Nature," Royal Holloway College & Institute of Philosophy, University of London, November 6, 2009.
Cfp: "Marxism and Psychology," Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island, August 5-7, 2010.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
"Animal(s) Matter(s): the Future of Critical Animal Studies," Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, April 23, 2010.
- Anon.: Claude Lévi-Strauss Telegraph November 3, 2009
- Anon.: Claude Lévi-Strauss French Social Anthropologist Times November 4, 2009
- Bloch, Maurice: Claude Lévi-Strauss Obituary Guardian November 3, 2009
- Droit, Roger-Pol: L'Ethnologue Claude Lévi-Strauss est mort Le Monde November 3, 2009
- Kuper, Adam: Claude Levi-Strauss . . . Father of Modern Anthropology Independent November 4, 2009
- Rothstein, Edward: Claude Lévi-Strauss, 100, Dies New York Times November 4, 2009