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French Theory Today--An Introduction to Possible Futures

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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. 

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On the work of Catherine Malabou
Reading: Malabou, What Should We Do with Our Brain? (Fordham, 2008), pp. 1-31.

On the work of Bernard Stiegler
Reading: Stiegler, "What is Philosophy?," Taking Care of Youth and the Generations (Stanford, 2010), pp. 107-123.

On the work of Mehdi Belhaj Kacem
Reading: TBA 

On the work of Quentin Meillassoux
Reading: Meillassoux, "Ancestrality," After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency (Continuum, 2008), pp. 1-27. 

On the work of François Laruelle
Reading: Laruelle, "The Truth According to Hermes: Theorems on the Secret and Communication," Parrhesia 9 (2010).

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ssbothwell's picture

hi. this coming saturday we will be reading 'catherine malabou - what should we do with our brain?'. it would be useful to read the whole book—its short—but if you cant then try to read the introduction (pg1-14), chapter 2 (pg32-54), and the conclusion (pg78-82).

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Next Saturday we'll be reading pages 1-70 from "For a New Critique of Political Economy" by Bernard Stiegler (and Pharmacology o f Capital and Economy of Contribution if you can get to it):

Also, please listen to Galloway's lecture ( for background info and check out this nice glossary of terms uploaded by Sarah

I guess I'm still missing the point, as Laruelle keeps reminding me of this famous tract:

Although it's about Lacan, I found the last paragraph here particularly salient in light of today's discussion:

cobranacho's picture

Thanks for the for reference on Popper, it helped in clarifying some fragments of thoughts brewing in parts of my brain while reading Laruelle, as someone not necessarily seeking the Truth.

FWIW, here's the bit of Popper I was trying to recall. Turns out Science is not even seeking truth but rather falsifiable hypotheses.

a bientot

Next week, Francois Laruelle!


- A summary of Non-Philosphy
- The Truth According to Hermes

- Philosophies of Difference: intro and as much as you would like to read.
- Also, peruse A dictionary of Non-Philosophy if you are so inclined.

see you there!

This week, let's take on Quentin Meillassoux's "After Finitude." Focus on Chapters 1 and 5; read the middle if you have time. The text is on aaarg; don't be alarmed by the page count, however: the print is reasonably large.


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What will we be reading this upcoming weekend?

hi everyone,

Aaarg is back, but note that readings for this weekend are listed in the comments above; the issue on aaarg is for the New York public school class. Please locate our readings by author, and double check comments.


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hi everyone,

Bernard Stiegler will be giving a lecture at CalArts (Langley) on Tuesday, April 12th, at 7:30pm. Also this week, he will also give talks at UC Irvine (April 13th) and UCLA (April 14th).

More info on the lecture tmr (where it will also be streamed live) here:




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