You are exploring: VU > Library > Blogs > Philosophy

Histoire du socialisme

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: February 26, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Histoire du socialisme 1/4


25.02.2013 – 09:06 Ajouter à ma liste de lectureRecevoir l'émission sur mon mobile

Une nouveauté cette semaine puisque nous  la Fabrique et les Nouveaux chemins de la Connaissance se sont alliés pour traiter ensemble d’un même thème : le socialisme .

Jusqu’à jeudi les nouveaux chemins vont s’intéresser à de grands penseurs du socialisme ( Jaurès, Saint Simon ou Marx) tandis que nous-mêmes nous nous attacherons à décrire ce mouvement politique quand il est en prise avec le pouvoir.

Demain le documentaire de Séverine Liatard et Anne Fleury se souviendra que les élections municipales de 1977 furent marquées par la conquête socialiste de villes de l’Ouest, et de Rennes en particulier.

Mercredi nous nous demanderons comment les socialistes de la fin du XIX eme siècle trouvèrent leur place dans la République naissante.

Jeudi nous débattrons des positions socialistes sur la colonisation.

Et ce matin eh bien j’ai le plaisir de recevoir Françoise Gaspard. Françoise Gaspard qui fut élue  en 1977, à 31 ans maire de Dreux. Elle devint députée de l’Eure-et-Loire en 1981 avant d’abandonner progressivement la politique active dans les années 1990, alors qu’elle devenait maitresse de conférence à l’EHESS. Elle a été une des principales actrices de la la lutte pour la parité en politique. Et une des analystes les plus aigues du regard porté par  son mouvement politique sur la place des femmes en politique.

A 9 h 30, elle sera rejointe par son invitée, Janine Mossuz Lavau, politologue, directrice de recherches au CEVIPOF. Et auteur récente de “Pour qui nous prend on ?”  un livre sur les sottises de nos politiques qui fait, entre autres, le compte d’un certain sexisme politique à la française.

Invité(s) :
Françoise Gaspard, sociologue, maire socialiste de Dreux de 1977 à 1983 et députée d’Eure-et-Loir de 1981 à 1988.
Janine Mossuz-Lavau, directrice de recherche CNRS.

Thème(s) : HistoireParti Politique



IAS Summer School, University of Warwick, 15-19 July 2013

  • Posted by: Annika Thiem
  • Posted Date: February 23, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Contesting Claims for Expertise in a Post-Secular Age: In Search of Intellectual Life
IAS Summer School, University of Warwick, 15-19 July 2013
The current moment seems to be one of ‘crisis’ or at least of dramatic change for the authority of academic expertise. Policy debates over climate change, embryology and the like have often seen scientific knowledge politicised, problematised and reduced in public imagination to just another partial ‘perspective’. These issues are particularly acute where scientific expertise runs up against that of, or associated with, markets. Whilst authority that is grounded in the experience of practicing natural and social science seems to flounder, authority that is associated with market forces seems only to gain in stature – despite recent disasters wrought under the watch of just such expertise. This creates and compounds a series of dilemmas for critical academic practice that are bound up with changing conceptions of what constitutes public life. The arrival of a post-secular moment in which religion has re-entered the public sphere further unsettles debates about expertise, science and religion. This summer school provides a space for postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other early career academics to come together to respond to this ‘crisis’ and to think through new avenues for intellectual life, practice and collaboration – reaching across boundaries of science, religion, critique, participation, pragmatism, vitalist ethics, and explanation. Together, we will work through the challenges of the present moment and ask whether there is a conceptual language or theoretical framework for addressing such challenges beyond disciplinary divides. The summer school offers a mix of expert lectures and participant-led discussion groups as well as workshops organised by members of the Authority Research Network. For more information about the summer school, please visit our website: http://buff.ly/UzqIhe

Keynote academics:
Bob Antonio (University of Kansas), John Holmwood (University of Nottingham), Amy Levine (Changwon National University), Celia Lury (University of Warwick), Andrew McGettigan (Independent), Thomas Osborne (University of Bristol), Nigel Thrift (University of Warwick, tbc), Stephen Turner (Florida University), Sarah Whatmore (University of Oxford)

Application process:
1. Please complete an application form (attached) and return to alexander.smith@warwick.ac.uk by 5pm, March 15th 2013
2. We will consider all applications, and inform successful applicants, by April 15th 2013
3. All successful applicants will be required to register for the summer school by May 15th 2013
Registration fee: £200 to include accommodation and food for the duration of the summer school. Applicants are required to cover their own travel costs.

Bursaries: We have some money available for fee waivers and travel bursaries. If you would like to be considered for either or both of these, please indicate this on the application form. Our resources are limited, and we will prioritise those applicants without sources of institutional support.

Alex Smith, Claire Blencowe and Gurminder K. Bhambra, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

Dr Julian Brigstocke
Lecturer in Human Geography
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Plymouth University
Plymouth PL4 8AA
United Kingdom

e: julian.brigstocke@plymouth.ac.uk
t: +44 (0)1752 584977




Starting Points for Catholic Social Thought

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: February 18, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

As Catholic social thought finds its way onto syllabi across the curriculum, you may be wondering what the best starting points are for research in this field. Over on Falvey’s Library News blog, theology and religious studies librarian Darren Poley written a terrific post to get us oriented.


More Companionship in Philosophy

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: February 5, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Despite their popularity, the Cambridge Companions are not the only user-friendly scholarly compendia to the different areas of philosophy. In addition to the Cambridge series, the library provides access to several other series of guides, notably the Continuum Companions, Blackwell Guides, and Oxford Handbooks. These typically follow the model set by the Cambridge Companions: each volume presents specially-commissioned articles that orient the reader in a given topic, while in most cases also setting out the author’s own position as a point of entry to the wider debate. These series also draw authors who are experts on their topics, so the quality is consistently high. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see the same authors cropping up repeatedly across several series.

And as with the Cambridge Companions, these series are good for providing a foundation in a topic, and pointing out avenues for further investigation. Titles invariably contain representative bibliographies, and the essays themselves provide context for other important authors and their contributions. The Continuum Companions do a particularly nice job of supplying extras. The Continuum Companion to Pragmatism, for example, includes a list of important journals and professional organizations, and directs readers to the Pragmatism Cybrary, an internet hub for pragmatism scholarship. Similarly, The Continuum Companion to Continental Philosophy comes with a glossary, a contextual timeline, and a list of research resources.

The main drawback to these other series is that, unlike the Cambridge Companions, they are not generally available online. There are times when this is less than ideal. The Oxford Handbooks in particular tend to be large, bulky things that are difficult to read comfortably. But that shouldn’t dissuade you from using them, since they often contain valuable content not available elsewhere. For instance, an entire third of The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy—seven essays—is devoted to “problems of method,” an important topic to which the rival Continuum volume gives only a single essay. (At the moment there is no general Cambridge volume for continental philosophy). Oxford is also the first to deliver a volume (coming soon to Falvey) focused on philosophy and neuroscience, an area that is attracting great attention at present.

A list of our holdings for each of these series can be obtained by doing a title search in the catalog for “Continuum Companion,” “Blackwell Guide,” or “Oxford Handbook.”


Interviews with Alain Badiou on France Culture

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: January 31, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized


Psychoanalysis and Politics

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: January 30, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized


About Psychoanalysis and Politics

PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS aims to address how crucial contemporary political issues may be fruitfully analyzed and addressed through psychoanalytic theory. It is an interdisciplinary conference series – we invite theoretical contributions and historical, literary or clinical case studies on these and related themes from philosophers, sociologists, psychoanalysts, group analysts, psychotherapists, literary theorists, historians and others. Perspectives from different psychoanalytic schools are most welcome.

The symposia differ from most conferences in that they are democratic; they make room for presenters at different stages in their careers, and from outside as well as inside academia. They present a space for discussion, with an emphasis on engagement and active participation from everyone who is present. The debates continue during joint meals at the symposia.
E-mail: psychoanalysis.politics@gmail.com

Psychoanalysis and Politics is funded by, and forms a part of, NSU, an initiative of The Nordic Ministerial Council, which aims to promote original and interdisciplinary research collaboration between Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and between these countries and the rest of the world. See the page ‘about NSU’ and:  www.nsuweb.net

LENE AUESTAD, Research Fellow, Philosophy, University of Oslo/ Centre for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities/ currently London
JONATHAN DAVIDOFF, Psychologist, Postgraduate Student in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Tavistock Centre, London


London Critical Theory Summer School 2013

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: January 18, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

The 2013 London Critical Theory Summer School will take place at Birkbeck from 1st July – 12th July 2013. This unique opportunity is for graduate students and academics to follow a course of study and to foster exchange and debate. It will consist of at least 6 modules over the two weeks, each convened by one of the participating academics.



New Philosophy Books

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: January 7, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Falvey Library receives new philosophy books every day, and you never know when something exciting, important or serendipitous will appear. Here are a few of the latest.

The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage by Catherine Malabou (Fordham University Press)

From the publisher: “This book employs a philosophical approach to the “new wounded” (brain lesion patients) to stage a confrontation between psychoanalysis and contemporary neurobiology, focused on the issue of trauma and psychic wounds. It thereby reevaluates the brain as an organ that is not separated from psychic life but rather at its center.The “new wounded” suffer from psychic wounds that traditional psychoanalysis, with its emphasis on the psyche’s need to integrate events into its own history, cannot understand or cure. They are victims of various cerebral lesions or attacks, including degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. … Effacing the limits that separate “neurobiology” from “sociopathy,” brain damage tends also to blur the boundaries between history and nature. At the same time, it reveals that political oppression today assumes the guise of a traumatic blow stripped of all justification. We are thus dealing with a strange mixture of nature and politics, in which politics takes on the appearance of nature, and nature disappears in order to assume the mask of politics.”

Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting by Sianne Ngai (Harvard University Press)

From the publisher: “The zany, the cute, and the interesting saturate postmodern culture. They dominate the look of its art and commodities as well as our discourse about the ambivalent feelings these objects often inspire. In this radiant study, Sianne Ngai offers a theory of the aesthetic categories that most people use to process the hypercommodified, mass-mediated, performance-driven world of late capitalism, treating them with the same seriousness philosophers have reserved for analysis of the beautiful and the sublime. Ngai explores how each of these aesthetic categories expresses conflicting feelings that connect to the ways in which postmodern subjects work, exchange, and consume. As a style of performing that takes the form of affective labor, the zany is bound up with production and engages our playfulness and our sense of desperation. The interesting is tied to the circulation of discourse and inspires interest but also boredom. The cute’s involvement with consumption brings out feelings of tenderness and aggression simultaneously. At the deepest level, Ngai argues, these equivocal categories are about our complex relationship to performing, information, and commodities.”

The I in We: Studies in the Theory of Recognition by Axel Honneth (Polity)

From the publisher: “In this volume Axel Honneth deepens and develops his highly influential theory of recognition, showing how it enables us both to rethink the concept of justice and to offer a compelling account of the relationship between social reproduction and individual identity formation. Drawing on his reassessment of Hegel’s practical philosophy, Honneth argues that our conception of social justice should be redirected from a preoccupation with the principles of distributing goods to a focus on the measures for creating symmetical relations of recognition. This theoretical reorientation has far-reaching implications for the theory of justice, as it obliges this theory to engage directly with problems concerning the organization of work and with the ideologies that stabilize relations of domination. In the final part of this volume Honneth shows how the theory of recognition provides a fruitful and illuminating way of exploring the relation between social reproduction and identity formation. Rather than seeing groups as regressive social forms that threaten the autonomy of the individual, Honneth argues that the ‘I’ is dependent on forms of social recognition embodied in groups, since neither self-respect nor self-esteem can be maintained without the supportive experience of practising shared values in the group.”

Heidegger and Cognitive Science edited by Julian Kiverstein and Michael Wheeler (Palgrave MacMillan)

From the publisher: “The cognitive scientists of today are increasingly occupied with investigating the ways in which human cognition depends on the dynamic interaction over multiple time scales of brain, body and world. The old vision of the mind as a logic machine whose workings could be explained in abstraction from the biological body and the cultural environment is looking increasingly untenable and outdated. This collection explores the idea that this development in cognitive science can be productively interpreted through an encounter with Heidegger’s existential phenomenology. Not only can Heidegger help us to understand the history of cognitive science but his philosophy also provides a conceptual framework for the cognitive science of today and of the future. Heidegger, however, is standardly interpreted as being resolutely anti-naturalist, as insisting that a scientific understanding of human beings is necessarily limited and partial in what it can tell us about human existence. Can there be a cognitive science of human existence or is such a project doomed to fail for reasons already articulated in Heidegger’s philosophy?”

Against the Physicists by Sextus Empiricus – a new translation by Richard Bett (Cambridge University Press)

From the publisher: “Sextus Empiricus’ Against the Physicists examines numerous topics central to ancient Greek inquiries into the nature of the physical world, covering subjects such as god, cause and effect, whole and part, bodies, place, motion, time, number, coming into being and perishing and is the most extensive surviving treatment of these topics by an ancient Greek sceptic. Sextus scrutinizes the theories of non-sceptical thinkers, and generates suspension of judgement through the assembly of equally powerful opposing arguments. Richard Bett’s edition provides crucial background information about the text and elucidation of difficult passages. His accurate and readable translation is supported by substantial interpretative aids, including a glossary and a list of parallel passages relating Against the Physicists to other works by Sextus. This is an indispensable edition for advanced students and scholars studying this important work by an influential philosopher.”


The New Issue of Expositions is Philosophy-Rich

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: December 21, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

The new issue of Expositions, the interdisciplinary journal of the Villanova Center for Liberal Education, features a number of selections that will be of particular interest to students and scholars of philosophy:

Expositions Vol. 6, No. 2 (2012)
V.C.L.E. is pleased to announce the publication of “Expositions” Vol. 6, No. 2. There is an interview with Alasdair MacIntyre (conducted after his recent visit to Villanova). An Academic Roundtable on Daryn Lehoux’s recent work in the history and philosophy of science, “What Did the Romans Know? An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking.” A discussion of teaching Cervantes’ masterpiece, “Don Quixote,” and a review of Brad Gregory’s “The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society.”

For additional information: http://expositions.journals.villanova.edu/
If you have questions, please contact: gregory.hoskins@villanova.edu


The Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: November 29, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

By Nikolaus Fogle

Let’s say you’re taking a course on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. You’ve gone to the lectures, read your textbook, maybe a few articles, and now it’s time to start working on your term paper. You know you need to dig deeper, and you want sources that will provide insight while also helping you identify the key points of dispute about Kant, so you can intelligently enter the debate. This is when you turn to The Cambridge Companion to Kant.

The Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture—171 volumes at last count—provide a wealth of resources to students and scholars alike. Each one is devoted to a specific figure, period, or topic, and helps readers break into the serious scholarship on that subject.

There are Cambridge Companions to Plato, Nietzsche, Marx and Jung, to Arabic philosophy, the Scottish enlightenment, and postmodern theology, to name a few. The series ranges broadly, as titles like The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Skepticism and The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture testify. There are even a couple of surprisingly specific ones, like The Cambridge Companion to Nozik’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia.

They’re ideal resources for term papers, since each volume is carefully curated to inform and advance the scholarship at the same time. The contributors are most often internationally-recognized authorities on their subjects. For instance, The Cambridge Companion to Kant is edited and introduced by Paul Guyer, the author of at least eight books on Kant, and one of the principle translators of Kant into English. It also includes essays by a dozen other Kant experts, each focusing on a particular facet of his thought.

Finally, the bibliographies at the end of each volume are ready road-maps to some of the most important literature on their subjects. Sometimes they’re even broken down into thematic sections, e.g., books and articles on Kant’s moral theory, his anthropology, his philosophy of religion, etc.

So as you write your term papers this semester, give the Cambridge Companions a try. Falvey has both the print and digital editions of nearly every one.

« Previous PageNext Page »


Last Modified: November 29, 2012