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Adorno Conference at Temple

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: March 18, 2013
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New Philosophy Books

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: March 4, 2013
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Great heaps of new philosophy books have been arriving at Falvey lately. Here’s a sampling:

Leviathan (3 vols.)
by Thomas Hobbes, edited by Noel Malcolm (Oxford University Press)

From the publisher: Hobbes’s Leviathan is one of the most important philosophical texts in the English language, and one of the most influential works of political philosophy ever written. This is the first critical edition based on a full study of the manuscript and printing history. It is also the first edition to place the English text side by side with Hobbes’s later Latin version of it, complete with a set of notes in which the many passages that differ in the Latin are translated into English. So, for the first time, readers of Leviathan will be able to see every stage of the development of the text at a single glance. Both texts are fully annotated with explanatory notes. The editor’s Introduction, which takes up the whole of the first volume, gives a path-breaking account of the work’s context, sources, and textual history. This definitive edition will set the study of Hobbes’s masterwork on a new basis.

Schizoanalytic Cartographies
by Felix Guattari (Bloomsbury Academic)

From the publisher: Schizoanalytic Cartographies represents Félix Guattari’s most important later work and the most systematic and detailed account of his theoretical position and his therapeutic ideas. Guattari sets out to provide a complete account of the conditions of ‘enunciation’ – autonomous speech and self-expression – for subjects in the contemporary world. Over the course of eight closely argued chapters, he presents a breathtakingly new reformulation of the structures of individual and collective subjectivity. Based on research into information theory and new technologies, Guattari articulates a vision of a humanity finally reconciled with its relationship to machines. Schizoanalytic Cartographies is a visionary yet highly concrete work, providing a powerful vantage point on the upheavals of our present epoch, powerfully imagining a future ‘post-media’ era of technological development. This long overdue translation of this substantial work offers English-speaking readers the opportunity finally to fully assess Guattari’s contribution to European thought.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science
edited by Eric Margolis, Richard Samuels and Stephen P. Stich (Oxford University Press)

From the publisher: Recent research across the disciplines of cognitive science has exerted a profound influence on how many philosophers approach problems about the nature of mind. These philosophers, while attentive to traditional philosophical concerns, are increasingly drawing both theory and evidence from empirical disciplines — both the framing of the questions and how to resolve them. However, this familiarity with the results of cognitive science has led to the raising of an entirely new set of questions about the mind and how we study it, questions which not so long ago philosophers did not even pose, let alone address. This book offers an overview of this burgeoning field that balances breadth and depth, with articles covering every aspect of the psychology and cognitive anthropology. Each article provides a critical and balanced discussion of a core topic while also conveying distinctive viewpoints and arguments. Several of the articles are co-authored collaborations between philosophers and scientists.

Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis
by David Roochnik (SUNY Press)

From the publisher: In 1935 Edmund Husserl delivered his now famous lecture “Philosophy and the Crisis of European Humanity,” in which he argued that the “misguided rationalism” of modern Western science, dominated by the model of mathematical physics, can tell us nothing about the “meaning” of our lives. Today Husserl’s conviction that the West faces a crisis is no longer an abstraction. With the ever-present threat of nuclear explosion, the degradation of the oceans, and the possibility that climate change will wreak havoc on civilization itself, people from all walks of life are wondering what has gone so terribly wrong and what remedies might be available. In Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis, David Roochnik makes a lucid and powerful case that Aristotle offers a philosophical resource that even today can be of significant therapeutic value. Unlike the scientific revolutionaries of the seventeenth century, he insisted that both ordinary language and sense-perception play essential roles in the acquisition of knowledge. Centuries before Husserl, Aristotle was a phenomenologist who demanded that a successful theory remain faithful to human experience. His philosophy can thus provide precisely what modern European rationalism now so painfully lacks: an understanding and appreciation of the world in which human beings actually make their homes.

Textes dispersés I : esthétique et théorie de l’art / Miscellaneous Texts I: Aesthetics and Theory of Art 
by Jean-Francois Lyotard, edited by Herman Parret (Leuven University Press)

From the publisher: This fourth volume in the series devoted to Jean-François Lyotard’s writings on contemporary art and artists presents nine essays on general aesthetics and the theory of art. They are published in the original French along with English translations on facing pages. Most of these texts, preserved in the Lyotard archives of the Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet in Paris, are published here for the first time. They do not reveal ‘another Lyotard’ than the one whom we know through his major writings. Nevertheless, they cover the whole period of his production, from 1969 to 1997; and they make the development of his philosophy of art explicit. After the ‘libidinal’ conception of art in his early writings, the ‘Kantian twist’ of around 1980 places his view on art under the aegis of the sublime. These essays specify what, for Jean-François Lyotard, the hand of the painter means, as well as the gaze of the viewer, enamoured with resonant colours.


Le socialisme

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: February 26, 2013
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Le socialisme (1/4): Jean Jaurès


25.02.2013 – 10:00 Ajouter à ma liste de lectureRecevoir l'émission sur mon mobile

Par Adèle Van Reeth

Réalisation : Lionel Quantin

Lectures : Gilles Trinque


Le changement demande de l’inspiration, la réforme, de l’imagination, la révolution, un certain goût pour l’utopie. Depuis sa naissance, au début du 19ème siècle, le socialisme, des grands maitre-rêveurs utopiques aux sociaux-démocrates tempérés, ne cesse  de se redéfinir par rapport à la nature et à l’ampleur du changement qu’il souhaite mettre en œuvre. Si toutes les écoles socialistes sont animées de cet élan pour transformer l’organisation sociale, comment faire tenir ensemble l’autonomie individuelle et l’unité sociale, surmonter la séparation entre société civile et société politique, concilier le matérialisme et le spiritualisme ? De l’idée aux faits, de l’idéologie aux mesures, du projet au concret, le socialisme se donne-t-il les moyens de répondre aux nécessités de changement qui sont le propre de la politique en général ?


Demain, Yvon Quiniou viendra s’interroger sur les différences entre marxisme et socialisme, mercredi, Juliette Grange vous présentera le projet utopique de Saint-Simon, et jeudi, Serge Audier proposera une nouvelle réflexion sur le socialisme en le confrontant à son soi-disant ennemi, le libéralisme.


Mais pour inaugurer en beauté et en règle cette semaine socialiste, j’ai le plaisir d’accueillir aujourd’hui l’historien Gilles Candar pour nous dresser le portrait nécessaire de Jean Jaurès.


Histoire du socialisme

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: February 26, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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.


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