Alain Badiou: Being and Event | Graduate Workshop

In order to celebrate Alain Badiou’s major new work The Immanence of Truths, two graduate student workshops will be organized at Princeton and Columbia Universities. The workshop will introduce students to the basic concepts of Badiou’s ontological system, addressing sequentially his key works Being and Event and Logics of World. The workshops will be capped by Badiou’s public lecture introducing his forthcoming book The Immanence of Truths.

Princeton and Columbia Universities, October 17th-19th


Transformative Thinking: A Conference on Jacques Derrida’s Seminars

This  conference addresses the French-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida’s recently published seminars on Martin Heidegger (dating from 1964-65, titled Heidegger: The Question of Being and History) and Karl Marx (Théorie et pratique: Cours de l’ENS-Ulm 1975-1976). Of particular interest for this meeting is the evaluation of their importance for contemporary political thought, under conditions of globalization and the crisis of liberal democracy, not so much in reference to the way Derrida remains faithful to the philosophers he approaches, but to the way in which his reading shifts the very ground of our thinking regarding the relation between historicity, the history of Being, and our understanding of the the limitations of the political.

The University of Michigan, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, September 29th-30th

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Why is Sexual Difference Relevant for Philosophy?

NOV 11, 2017 7:00 pm


The answer is not what you think.

There are very few people who feel perfectly and completely at home in their bodies and sexual identities. There is a reason for this, and Freud was the first to point it out. What was, and still is, disturbing about the Freudian discussion of sexuality is not its “obsession with dirty matters”. Far more disturbing was the ontologically uncertain character of sexuality itself. To the morally sanitary Victorians screaming “Sex is dirty!”, Freud did not answer, “No, it is only natural”. Instead, he asked “What IS this ‘sex’ you speak of?”

Today, neither the bearers of traditional family values nor the progressive defenders of sexual identity have met Freud’s question at the nexus of philosophy, science and psychoanalysis.

Join us for a memorable and distinctly Slovenian affair with Alenka Zupančič, Lacanian philosopher and scholar on ethics, comedy, and love, and Slavoj Žižek, political theorist, social critic, and inimitable ‘Elvis of philosophy’.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Crisis and Critique is a journal of political thought and philosophy, appearing two times a year. It has an international audience and readership, authors and editorial board. The journal has gained a reputation for its rigour and perspicacious treatment of the topics it covers. It began in 2011, whereas the first issue was published in 2012. Our commitment is equally between three disciplines: philosophy, psychoanalysis and politics.

“Crisis and Critique”: concepts are of immense importance for philosophical, yet also for political thought. But, especially today it is crucial not too hastily assume one already knows what either means. Both concepts are obviously related to concrete but also rather abstract practices. Both crisis as well as critique are practical concepts that, as we assume, do not have any transhistorical or transcendental status and thus do neither come with a pregiven unchangeable content. Crisis as well as critique must be thought from within a specific contemporary time frame. This frame is the frame of the present. The journal is therefore first and foremost a journal about the present – political, social, aesthetic, and philosophical – we are living in. Yet, in difference to Reinhart Koselleck’s famous book “Critique and Crisis” (1959), that sought to expose the hidden absolutist political agenda inscribed into these seemingly universalist-humanist enlightenment terms, the journal is not primarily occupied with providing genealogies of the present and debunk the true face of the world. Rather, by turning around the order of the terms, “Crisis and Critique” begins from the assumption that today we are facing a massive crisis, not only economic or political, but even a crisis of what previously was referred to a critique and critical engagement. That there is a crisis of critique implies that one has to investigate what this crisis is, how it was brought about and what needs to be done, if this is even possible, to unfold a renewed concept of critique that might be apt to overcome the impasses critical thought ended up with. This will involve a potential revisiting and investigation of all concepts previously deemed critical and examine not only their contemporary explanatory power but also what they still (might) enable us to think. The journal will continually thereby develop a potential weaponry and/or dustbin of philosophical, but also political and psychoanalytic concepts that can generate orientation for the present condition, not only of politics, but of thought.
Editors: Agon Hamza & Frank Ruda

Crisis and Critique appears twice a year.