A seminar covering five philosophers over five days. Looking beyond the influential generation of 1960s and '70s French theory, we explore a number of younger voices only now being discovered by the English-speaking world. Our goal is not to set in aspic a new canon for French philosophy, but rather to proceed inductively, tracing some recent experiments and possible futures. Short readings will be circulated for each session. Attend each day or just the days you wish. Free and open to everyone.
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October 25: On the work of Catherine Malabou
Reading: Malabou, What Should We Do with Our Brain?, trans. Sebastian Rand (Fordham, 2008), pp. 1-31.
October 26: On the work of Bernard Stiegler
Reading: Stiegler, "What is Philosophy?," Taking Care of Youth and the Generations, trans. Stephen Barker (Stanford, 2010), pp. 107-123.
October 27: On the work of Mehdi Belhaj Kacem
Reading: Belhaj Kacem, "In the Surrender Community," trans. Isabelle Cordonnier, Critical Secret 4 (http://www.criticalsecret.com/n4altern/mehdi/index.htm).
October 28: On the work of Quentin Meillassoux
Reading: Meillassoux, "Ancestrality," After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency, trans. Ray Brassier (Continuum, 2008), pp. 1-27.
October 29: On the work of François Laruelle
Reading: Laruelle, "The Truth According to Hermes: Theorems on the Secret and Communication," trans. Alexander R. Galloway, Parrhesia 9 (2010).
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Time: 7pm - 8:30pm
Format: a 30-40 minute presentation meant to provide information, context, and criticism, followed by questions and discussion. Short readings circulated in advance.
Instructor: Alexander R. Galloway (NYU).