The Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths University of London

Research Centre run jointly between the Departments of Sociology and English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths University, London


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The Dash— A Workshop with Rebecca Comay and Frank Ruda (May 25)

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10am-1pm

25 May 2019

Room RHB 144

Richard Hoggart Building

In The Dash—The Other Side of Absolute Knowing (MIT Press, 2018), Rebecca Comay and Frank Ruda present a reading of Hegel’s most reviled concept, absolute knowing. Their book sets out from a counterintuitive premise: the “mystical shell” of Hegel’s system proves to be its most “rational kernel.” Hegel’s radicalism is located precisely at the point where his thought seems to regress most. Most current readings try to update Hegel’s thought by pruning back his grandiose claims to “absolute knowing.” Comay and Ruda invert this deflationary gesture by inflating what seems to be most trivial: the truth of the absolute is grasped only in the minutiae of its most mundane appearances. What if everything turns out to hinge on the most inconspicuous and trivial detail—a punctuation mark?

Rebecca Comay is a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto

Frank Ruda is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee

Places are limited to so please register ahead of time with a.toscano@gold.ac.uk


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Chukrov and Tomsic on Marxism and Psychoanalysis (May 31)

 

Marxism and Psychoanalysis: Alliance or Conflict? 

From Soviet Psychology to the Present

Samo Tomsic and Keti Chukhrov

31 May 2019
4-7pm
Professor Stuart Hall Building Room PSH 305

The critique of psychoanalysis in Soviet Marxist philosophy and psychology was predicated on the secondary role of the unconscious and hence of ‘psychics’, in the construction of the social subject. Key studies such as Voloshinov’s Freudianism (1976) and Marxism and the Philosophy of Language (1929) and Leontiev’s Activity and Consciousness (1977), insisted that what functions as lack and alienation in psychoanalysis are in fact socio-economic categories and hence prone to dissolution under communism, having no stable ontology of their own. Consequently, the unconscious is simply that part of consciousness, which has not yet acquired awareness; indeed consciousness is nothing but an assemblage of socio-cognitive activity and labour, and therefore precisely an extension of social production. This classical mode of Marxist argumentation was subject to severe critique in the 1970s such as Lyotard’s Libidinal Economy (1974), Guattari’s Machinic Unconscious (1979) and Castoriadis’s The Imaginary Institution of Society (1975). In these texts desire and the unconscious were claimed as the irretrievable force of capitalism’s libidinal and phantasmatic nature. Meanwhile Lacan’s critique of philosophy’s reliance on consciousness in the 1960s was even stricter, calling the transparently rational subject a fatal error of philosophy. What, therefore, is left of the Soviet Marxist critique of psychoanalysis? This symposium will explore this question, specifically through a discussion of subjectivity and the social function of language, from these two drastically opposed standpoints. Continue reading


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CHASE-funded screening event ‘A Berlin Childhood around 1900 – A Project in Progress’

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CHASE-funded screening event ‘A Berlin Childhood around 1900 – A Project in Progress’

Friday, May 10  18:00 – 21.00 
Professor Stuart Hall Building LG01 – Goldsmiths, University of London

Attendance is free but registration is required, please register here:
https://www.chase.ac.uk/film-screening-berlin-childhood-around-1900

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Goldsmiths Annual Philosophy Lecture: Christoph Menke (Frankfurt), “The Critique of Law and the Law of Critique” (29 May 2019)

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CPCT cordially invites you to the 2nd Goldsmiths Annual Philosophy Lecture:

Christoph Menke (Frankfurt)

“The Critique of Law and the Law of Critique”

Wednesday, 29 May 2019
5:30 – 7:30 pm
LG01 Lecture Theatre
Professor Stuart Hall Building

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Programme: Sex, Race, Nation, Humanity: Derrida’s Geschlecht III (April 8-9, 2019)

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Sex, Race, Nation, Humanity: Derrida’s Geschlecht III

A Conference on a Newly Re-discovered Text

April 8-9, 2019

Richard Hoggart Building 137a, Goldsmiths, University of London

This two-day conference focuses on a recently discovered text by the late Franco-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida.  Geschlecht III, rediscovered in the Derrida archive and newly published in French (forthcoming in English), is the “missing” installment in Derrida’s four-part series on Martin Heidegger and the German word Geschlecht (meaning, among other things, “sex,” “race,” and “species”).  Geschlecht III presents us with one of Derrida’s most sustained engagements with Heidegger, a meticulous reading of what he will call Heidegger’s “national-humanism”: the nationalistic undercurrent in Heidegger’s thought that posits German and Germany as the privileged media through which to think the essence of the human and its relationship to the fate of the West. 

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Sex, Race, Nation, Humanity: Derrida’s Geschlecht III (April 8-9, 2019)

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Sex, Race, Nation, Humanity: Derrida’s Geschlecht III

A Conference on a Newly Re-discovered Text

April 8-9, 2019

Richard Hoggart Building 137a, Goldsmiths, University of London

With Geoffrey Bennington — Katie Chenoweth — Josh Cohen — Paul Davies — Simon Glendinning — Tobias Keiling — Simon Morgan Wortham — Adam Rosenthal — Mauro Senatore — Elina Staikou — Rodrigo Therezo — Lynn Turner — Naomi Waltham-Smith — Sarah Wood

This two-day conference focuses on a recently discovered text by the late Franco-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida.  Geschlecht III, rediscovered in the Derrida archive and newly published in French (forthcoming in English), is the “missing” installment in Derrida’s four-part series on Martin Heidegger and the German word Geschlecht (meaning, among other things, “sex,” “race,” and “species”).  Geschlecht III presents us with one of Derrida’s most sustained engagements with Heidegger, a meticulous reading of what he will call Heidegger’s “national-humanism”: the nationalistic undercurrent in Heidegger’s thought that posits German and Germany as the privileged media through which to think the essence of the human and its relationship to the fate of the West. 

Click here for the programme and abstracts.

Free and open to all.

Contact: j.ng [at] gold.ac.uk


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CFP: Baudelaire and Philosophy: A Conference sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics 5-6 June 2019 (deadline: 21 March 2019)

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Baudelaire and Philosophy: A Conference sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics

5-6 June 2019, Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, University of London and the Institut Français

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline for submissions: 21 March 2019

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