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Teaching Marx

Teaching Marx

AN INTRODUCTION TO RADICAL THINKERS SET 8

Louis Althusser / Etienne Balibar / Jean Baudrillard / Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe / Georg Lukåcs / Nicos Poulantzas/ Jacques Rancière / Gillian Rose / Sheila Rowbotham / Edward W. Said / Alfred Schmidt / Max Stirner

Published January 2014
AVAILABLE NOW: http://www.versobooks.com/ series_collections/5-radical- thinkers
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Verso is proud to announce the 8th set of our Radical Thinkers series. The latest set of books includes classic works from Gillian Rose, Etienne Balibar, Shiela Rowbotham, Jean Baudrillard, Edward W. Said and others.

“A compendium of left-wing philosophical and political thought, inoculating it against the ‘great idea’ of philosophy-as-self-help. As a way of transforming… formless disgust into educated critique, these books are a fine, cheap and decidedly elegant starting point.” Owen Hatherley
http://www.3ammagazine.com/ 3am/radical-thought/
“Verso’s beautifully designed Radical Thinkers series, which brings together seminal works by leading left-wing intellectuals, is a sophisticated blend of theory and thought.” Ziauddin Sardar, NEW STATESMAN
http://www.newstatesman.com/ node/153024

For information on each book or to buy a copy visit the link after each title below. All of the titles are available together as a single shrink-wrapped set at a reduced price. For more information visit: http://www.versobooks.com/ series_collections/5-radical- thinkers
You can read our introductory feature on the set and companion events here:
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RADICAL THINKERS SET 8:
THE SPECTRE OF HEGEL: EARLY WRITINGS by Louis Althusser
ISBN: 9781781681510 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 272 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1551-the-spectre-of- hegel
THE PHILOSOPHY OF MARX by Etienne Balibar
ISBN: 9781781681534 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 144 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1556-the-philosophy-of- marx
SCREENED OUT by Jean Baudrillard
ISBN: 9781781681558 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 208 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1561-screened-out
HEGEMONY AND SOCIALIST STRATEGY by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe
ISBN: 9781781681541 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 208 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1557-hegemony-and- socialist-strategy
TACTICS AND ETHICS by Georg Lukåcs
ISBN: 9781781681497 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 272 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1559-tactics-and-ethics
STATE, POWER, SOCIALISM by Nicos Poulantzas
ISBN: 9781781681480 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 272 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1552-state-power- socialism
HATRED OF DEMOCRACY by Jacques Rancière
ISBN: 9781781681503 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 112 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1560-hatred-of-democracy
THE MELANCHOLY SCIENCE by Gillian Rose
ISBN: 9781781681527 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 224 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1555-the-melancholy- science
WOMEN, RESISTANCE AND REVOLUTION by Sheila Rowbotham
ISBN: 9781781681466 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 288 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1558-women-resistance- and-revolution
FREUD AND THE NON-EUROPEAN by Edward W. Said
ISBN: 9781781681459 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 96 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1554-freud-and-the-non- european
THE CONCEPT OF NATURE IN MARX by Alfred Schmidt
ISBN: 9781781681473 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 252 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1550-the-concept-of- nature-in-marx
THE EGO AND HIS OWN by Max Stirner
ISBN: 9781781681565 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 384 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1553-the-ego-and-his-own
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Althusser

Althusser

READING CAPITAL, 1965-2015

Friday December 6, 2013, Princeton University

 

Opening Panel: 12-3PM

Robert J. C. Young (NYU) 
Rereading the Symptomatic Reading
Bruno Bosteels (Cornell University)

Reading Capital From the Margins: The Logic of Uneven Development
Alain Badiou (ENS Paris)

Title TBA

Closing Panel 4-6PM

Emily Apter (NYU)

The ‘Real’ Object in Question: Flat Ontology and Productive Agency in Marxist Philosophy
Etienne Balibar (Columbia University)

A Point of Heresy in Western Marxism: Althusser’s and Tronti’s Antithetic Readings of Capital in the Early 60’s

This is a conference in advance of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Reading Capital by Louis Althusser, Etienne Balibar, Jacques Rancière, Pierre Macherey, and Roger Establet.

The publication of Lire le capital (Reading Capital) in 1965 undoubtedly marked a watershed in Marxist philosophy and critical theory more generally, constructing a dazzling array of concepts that still today can be said to constitute the syntax of radical philosophy. Reading Capital united Althusser with some of his most brilliant and precocious students in a common front against both the empiricism of Postwar Phenomenology and Sartrian Existentialism, as well as against the latent Idealist humanism of a certain Structuralism (Lévi-Strauss, Barthes).

Though the conference is free and open to the public, seating is limited, so please:

Register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9161988755

More information: Nick Nesbitt, fnesbitt@princeton.edu

Sponsored by: The Department of French and Italian, PLAS, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/reading-capital-1965-2015-6-december-princeton

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Etienne Balibar

Etienne Balibar

IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE: JOHN LOCKE AND THE INVENTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS

by Etienne Balibar

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AVAILABLE NOW

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1497-identity-and-difference

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 “Etienne Balibar was one of the brilliant group of students around Althusser in the early 1960s. Since then he has established himself as one of France’s foremost philosophers on the Left.” – Radical Philosophy

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A new reading of Locke as a continental philosopher by a leading French thinker

John Locke’s foundational place in the history of British empiricism and liberal political thought is well established. So, in what sense can Locke be considered a modern European philosopher? Identity and Difference argues for reassessing this canonical figure. Closely examining the “treatise on identity” added to the second edition of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Etienne Balibar demonstrates Locke’s role in the formation of two concepts central to the metaphysics of the subject— consciousness and the self—and the complex philosophical, legal, moral and political nature of his terms. 

With an accompanying essay by Stella Sandford, situating Balibar’s reading of Locke in the history of the reception of the Essay and within Balibar’s other writings on “the subject,” Identity and Difference rethinks a crucial moment in the history of Western philosophy.

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Praise for THE PHILOSOPHY OF MARX by Etienne Balibar

 A very intelligent and creative work—succinct and informative. It would certainly have a privileged place on the shelf of contemporary studies of Marx – Fredric Jameson

A trenchant and exciting analysis of the philosophy of Marx. It is intelligent and original, and makes us understand the ways in which reading Marx lucidly can be very useful to us today. No dogma here and no banalities. A refreshing book- Immanuel Wallerstein.

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Paperback / ISBN: 9781781681343 / $23.95 /  £14.99 / $26.95CAN / 208 pages

Hardback / ISBN: 9781781681350 / $95.00 / £55.00 / $108.00CAN / 208 pages

For more information on IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE: JOHN LOCKE AND THE INVENTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1497-identity-and-difference

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Communisation

Communisation

THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM 2: THE NEW YORK CONFERENCE

Edited by Slavoj Žižek

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Published July 2013

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Key theorists discuss the future of communism in New York.

The first volume of The Idea of Communism followed the 2009 London conference called in response to Alain Badiou’s ‘communist hypothesis’, where an all-star cast of radical intellectuals put the idea of communism back on the map.

This volume brings together papers from the subsequent 2011 New York conference organized by Verso and continues this critical discussion, highlighting the philosophical and political importance of the communist idea, in a world of financial and social turmoil.

Contributors include Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Bruno Bosteels, Susan Buck-Morss, Jodi Dean, Adrian Johnston, François Nicolas, Frank Ruda, Emmanuel Terray and Slavoj Žižek.

To see footage from the conference, visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL310B837099D81746

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Paperback / ISBN: 9781844679805 / $26.95 / £14.99 / $31.00CAN / 224 Pages

Hardback / ISBN 9781844679812 / $95.00 / £60.00 / $95.00CAN / 192 Pages

Available as a shrinkwrapped 2 volume set with the first volume of THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM / ISBN 9781781680728 / £25

For more information on THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM 2: THE NEW YORK CONFERENCE or to buy the book visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1169-the-idea-of-communism-2

For information on THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM 1 or to buy the book visit:

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Machiavelli

Machiavelli

MACHIAVELLI’S ‘THE PRINCE’ – AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Machiavelli’s The Prince 
Five Centuries of History, Conflict and Politics

International Conference
Wednesday 29th – Friday 31st  May 2013

Brunel University, London

 

Wednesday 29th May

09.30   Registration

Session 1

10.00   Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University, London): Introduction

10.10    Justin Fisher (Head of School of Social Sciences, Brunel University, London): Welcome

10.15    Jean-Claude Zancarini (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon): HyperPrince. Premiers résultats d’un outil de comparaison entre l’édition princeps du Prince et ses traductions françaises du XVIe siècle

11.00    Jacques Lezra (New York University): Discourse, discord: The heart of Il Principe

11.45    Coffee Break

12.00   Yves Winter (McGill University): Violence and Realism in The Prince

12.45   Etienne Balibar (Kingston University, London): Esser principe, esser populare: The principle of antagonism in Machiavelli’s epistemology

 

Session 2

 

14.30   Jean-Louis Fournel (Université Paris VIII): La langue de la guerre selon Machiavel

 15.15    Gabriele Pedullà (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre): Machiavelli the Tactician

16.00   Coffee Break 

16.15    Jérémie Barthas (Queen Mary, University of London): Machiavelli and public debt.

17.00   John M. Najemy (Cornell University): Machiavelli and Cesare Borgia: Another look at Chapter VII

17.45   Close

 

Thursday 30th May

Session 3

10.00   Thomas Berns (Université Libre de Bruxelles): L’efficacité prophétique: la relation des armes et des lois

10.45   Fabio Frosini (Università degli Studi di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’): Prophecy, education and necessity: Girolamo Savonarola between politics and religion

11.30    Coffee Break

11.45    Warren Montag (Occidental College, Los Angeles): ‘Uno mero esecutore’: Moses, God and fortune in the The Prince

12.30   Miguel Vatter (University of New South Wales, Australia): Towards a republican conception of divine providence: A new reading of Chapter XXVI

 

Session 4

14.15    Alison Brown (University of London, Royal Holloway): Following an untrodden path: transgression and modernism in Lucretius and Machiavelli

15.00   Peter Stacey (University of California, Los Angeles): Machiavelli’s political ontology

15.45   Coffee Break

16.00   Vittorio Morfino (Università di Milano-Bicocca): The five theses of Machiavelli’s philosophy

16.45   Sebastián Torres (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba): Time and politics: a materialist reading of Machiavelli

17.30   Close

 

Friday 31st May

Session 5

10.00   Giorgio Inglese (Università di Roma, La Sapienza): Italia come spazio politico nel Principe e nei Discorsi.

10.45   John P. McCormick (The University of Chicago): Machiavelli on misawarded glory: Agathocles, Scipio and ‘the writers’.

11.30    Coffee Break

11.45    Laurent Bove (Université de Picardie, Amiens): Puissance et conservation. La leçon de Machiavel dans l’ontologie spinoziste.

12.30   Antonio Negri (Uninomade): Il tumulto costituente e la decisione del principe.

 

Session 6

14.15    Judith Revel (Université de Paris I, Sorbonne): Trois usages de Machiavel : Merleau-Ponty, Lefort, Foucault.

15.00   Mohamed Moulfi (Université d’Oran): Althusser, lecteur du Prince.

15.45   Coffee Break

16.00   Banu Bargu (The New School for Liberal Arts, New York): Machiavelli after Althusser.

16.45   Mikko Lahtinen (Tampereen Yliopisto): Machiavelli was not a republicanist – or a monarchist: on Louis Althusser’s ‘aleatory’ interpretation of The Prince.

17.30   Close

 

Conference organisers:

Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University, London)

Fabio Frosini (Università degli Studi di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’)

Vittorio Morfino (Università di Milano, Bicocca)

Tania Rispoli (Università di Roma, Tor Vergata)

 

The conference is supported by:

Brunel Research and Innovation Fund

School of Social Sciences, Brunel University

Research Support and Development Office, Brunel University

Scuola Superiore di Studi in Filosofia, Università degli studi di Roma, Tor Vergata

Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Uomo, Università degli Studi di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’

Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione ‘Riccardo Massa,’ Università di Milano, Bicocca

Corporate Relations, Brunel University

Higher Education Academy

Media Centre, Brunel University

 

Conference fee: £60 (£20 for one day)

Concessions available for students and the unwaged at £30 (£10 for one day)

For booking and non – academic queries please contact Nikki Elliott (Nikki.Elliott@brunel.ac.uk) or Jane Alexander (jane.alexander@brunel.ac.uk).

For academic queries please contact Filippo Del Lucchese (filippo.dellucchese@brunel.ac.uk).

A limited number of bursaries are available to graduate students who do not have support available to attend the conference. Applications must be received by 30 March 2013. Please send a cover letter and a recommendation letter by your personal tutor or academic mentor to support your application to Tania Rispoli (tanize84@yahoo.it).

Please do not hesitate to forward the programme (below) and flag this opportunity to students who might be interested in following our conference in May.

All the best, Filippo Del Lucchese

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/machiavellis-the-prince-london-conference-29-31-may-bursaries-available

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Autonomia

Autonomia

RUNEL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT RESEARCH GROUP SEMINAR SERIES 2012-13

Brunel University

 

 

Term 2 (2013)

Thursday 17th January 2013, 3pm, Howell Room 002

Fabrizio Fasulo (University of Palermo)

Raniero Panzieri and the Workers’ Inquiry: the Perspective of Living Labour and the Function of Science

Thursday 24th January 2013, 3pm, Howell Room 002

Giorgio Cesarale (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Traces of Hegel: Reflection and Social Theory

Thursday 7th February 2013, 3pm, Howell Room 002

Matthijs Krul (Brunel University)

The Value of Value: On the Significance of Concepts of Value for Economic History

Wednesday 20th February 2013, 3pm, Gaskell Building Room 266

Andrea Bardin (Brunel University)

From Man to Matter: Marx after Simondon

Wednesday 27th February 2013, 4pm, Howell Room 002

Alex Callinicos (King’s College London)

Deciphering Capital

Thursday 7th March 2013, 3pm, Howell Room 002

Neil Davidson (University of Strathclyde)

Political and Social Revolutions in Historical Perspective: from the Dutch Revolt to the Arab Spring

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 1pm, Lecture Centre Room 264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Nathaniel Boyd (Brunel University)

“Who Thinks Concretely?” Hegel’s Critique of Political Abstraction

Thursday 14th March 2013, 3pm, Howell Room 002

Alex Demirovic (University of Basel and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)

Marxism and Foucault

Wednesday 20th March 2013, 3pm, Lecture Centre Room 008

Chiara Bottici (The New School)

Democracy and the Spectacle. On Rousseau’s Homeopathic Method

29th-31st May, 2013, Brunel University, International Conference
(Organised by Filippo del Lucchese)

Machiavelli’s The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics

Speakers include Antonio Negri, Etienne Balibar, John McCormick, John Najemy and Warren Montag

All seminars take place at Brunel University. Directions to the campus can be found here:
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/campus/directions

For further information, please contact:
Peter Thomas: PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

Visit the Brunel SPT Research Group webpages:
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/modern-political-thought-violence-and-revolution-ma
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/research-groups-and-centres/social-and-political-thought
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brunel-University-Modern-Political-Thought/205393026150272?sk=wall

 

First published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/reminder-17th-january-2013-brunel-social-and-political-thought-research-group-seminar-series-2012-13

 

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Althusser

Althusser

ENCOUNTERING ALTHUSSER

Now Available

Encountering Althusser: Politics and Materialism in Contemporary Radical Thought

 

Editors: 

Katja Diefenbach, Sara R. Farris, Gal Kirn and Peter D. Thomas

384 pp.

ISBN 978-1-4411-5213-8

£18.74 paperback

Publication date: January 2013

Encountering Althusser

Encountering Althusser

 

For ordering: 25% discount in December at: Bloomsbury: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/encountering-althusser-9781441152138/

See also: http://www.amazon.com/Encountering-Althusser-Politics-Materialism-Contemporary/dp/144115213X

 

Short description

French philosopher Louis Pierre Althusser (1918 -1990) helped define the politico-theoretical conjuncture of pre- and post-1968. Today, there is a recrudescence of interest in his thought, especially in light of his later work, published in English as Philosophy of the Encounter (Verso, 2006). This has led to renewed debates on the reformulation of conflicting notions of materialism, on the event as both philosophical concept and political construction, and on the nature of politics and the political.

Encountering Althusser was edited by Sara Farris, Katja Diefenbach, Gal Kirn and Peter Thomas. It is a collection of diverse and original essays written by leading scholars that aims to provide a new assessment of Althusser’s thought, especially in relation to contemporary debates. Organized in four sections that represent the main currents in Althusser’s scholarship, the book discusses materialism and the different formulations of the relationship between politics and philosophy, Althusser’s interpretations of political thinkers (including Machiavelli, Deleuze, Lacan and Gramsci), the resources he provides to critique political economy and politics in post-Marxist thought, and the theorization of ideology and politics.

Encountering Althusser is a groundbreaking resource that highlights Althusser’s continuing relevance to contemporary radical thought.

 

Contributions

Michele Cangiani, Katja Diefenbach, Sara R. Farris, Isabelle Garo, Pascale Gillot, G.M. Goshgarian, Giorgos Fourtounis, Gal Kirn, Katja Kolšek, Mikko Lahtinen, Rastko Močnik, Warren Montag, Vittorio Morfino, Ceren Özselçuk, Rastko Močnik, Ozren Pupovac, Peter D. Thomas, André Tosel, Panagiotis Sotiris, Caroline Williams, Frieder Otto Wolf.

 

Reviews

“A rich and profound overview of Althusser’s thought, absolutely precious for a contemporary reconstruction of Marxism and for a relaunching of its analytical and political potentials.” — Maria Turchetto, President of the Cultural Association Louis Althusser

“The first time I encountered ‘aleatory’ Althusser, I almost could not believe it … How could ‘Science’ engage with the ‘postmodern’, with the radical change in the conditions of the revolution, without falling into renegacy? Here it is: the aleatory served precisely this purpose: a new tactic for an old strategy. Althusser showed us a new path, which is now being taken up again by a new generation” — Antonio Negri, co-author of Empire (2000), Multitude (2004) and Commonwealth (2009)

“Is Althusser coming back, like a ghost out of oblivion, bringing with him one of the last attempts to ‘reconstruct’ Marxism from the inside with great style? Yes, but it’s an unexpected Althusser, one who bears the entire ‘underground history’ of materialism in philosophy and opens the way for a new political thought. Under the guidance of a new generation of critical leaders, let us be surprised.” — Étienne Balibar, co-author of Reading Capital (1970)

“The present volume, thoughtfully edited, gathering a large and diverse group of remarkable international scholars and tackling a sweeping range of Althusserian problems with intellectual courage and acuity, presents the most serious collective effort so far in this ‘return to Althusser’, a return which can never be just a return but requires a reinvention. I feel confident it will set a landmark.” — Mladen Dolar, author of A Voice and Nothing More (2006)

“This book offers a welcome return to the creative theoretical practice of Louis Althusser to whom so much contemporary radical thinking owes a largely unacknowledged debt.” — Katherine Gibson, co-author of A Postcapitalist Politics (2006)

 

First published at http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/encountering-althusser-now-available

 

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Critique

RADICAL PHILOSOPHY 171

RADICAL PHILOSOPHY 171, January/February 2012 OUT NOW

CONTENTS:

Nick Dyer-Witheford, `Net, Square, Everywhere?’

Andy Merrifield, `Ideas are Bulletproof’

Sergio Villalobos-Ruminott, `The Chilean Winter’

Jason Adams, `Occupy Time’

Howard Caygill, `Also Sprach Zapata: Philosophy and Resistance’

Marilena Chaui, `Political Theology’

Nathan Brown and Sabu Kohso on Occupy Oakland and New York

Neil Benton & Peter Osborne, David Macey 1949-2011

Drew Milne on new books on Lukacs

Cristina Chimisso on Hans Jorg Rheinberger’s historical epistemology

Stephen Harper on Eagleton and Mattick on the Crisis

David Chandler on Nudge Nudge Think Think

Debora Halbert on Merck & Sandford’s Further Adventures of the Dialectic of Sex

Jason Smith on Bruno Bosteels’s Actuality of Communism

Nick Moss on Colin Cremin’s Capitalism’s New Clothes

John Timberlake on Richter at Tate Modern

Available £6 / $13 from all good booksellers, including Waterstones, Tate, LRB.

Selected content from RP171 free at http://www.radicalphilosophy.com

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Forthcoming highlights:

Noam Chomsky in conversation with Peter Hallward

Etienne Balibar on Lenin, Gandhi and Violence

Art and Language on Lyotard’s Discourse, Figure

Jussi Parikka and Caroline Bassett on new books on the Post-Humanities

Claudia Aradau on new books on Beyond Biopolitics

John Kraniauskas on Jameson’s Representing Capital

Andrew McGettigan on Francois Laruelle

Current and back issues now available exclusively to all subscribers online. Including articles, from 1972-2011, by Alliez, Althusser, Badiou, Balibar, Berardi, Bhabha, Bourdieu, Buck-Morss, Butler, Canguilhem, Cassin, Caygill, Connolly, Critchley, Cusset, Didi-Huberman, Duttmann, Feyerabend, Foucault, Groys, Hallward, Harootunian, Haug, Horkheimer, Lacoue-Labarthe, Laplanche, Lazzarato,  Le Doeuff, Macherey, Malabou, Negri, Osborne, Ranciere, Segal, Sloterdijk, Sohn-Rethel, Soper, Spivak, Stengers, Virilio, and many others.

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‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Zizek

COMMUNISM: A NEW BEGINNING?

MAJOR NYC CONFERENCE

COMMUNISM: A NEW BEGINNING?

Organised by ALAIN BADIOU and SLAVOJ ZIZEK

Cooper Union, New York, October 14th-16th 2011

Livestream at: www.versobooks.com
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A new conference with leading thinkers to discuss the continued relevance of the communist idea.

“The long night of the left is coming to a close” wrote Slavoj Zizek and Costas Douzinas in their introduction to THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM. The continuing economic crisis, the shift away from a unipolar world defined by American hegemony, and the ecological crisis mean that growing numbers of people are keen to explore an alternative, and to re-discover the idea of communism. With the advent of the Arab awakening millions have sought new ways to overcome corruption and dictatorship.

Responding to Alain Badiou’s proposition of the ‘communist hypothesis’, the leading thinkers of the left convened in London in 2009 to discuss the perpetual, persistent notion that, in a truly emancipated society, all things should be owned in common. Two years later, the discussion continues—this time in New York.

Organised with Verso Books, eight leading thinkers will be discussing COMMUNISM: A NEW BEGINNING? at Cooper Union on the weekend of October 14th-16th.

Verso is glad to announce that we will live stream the conference on our website, from Friday, Oct 14th at 6pm. You’ll need to log in to access the video page, so please register now if you don’t yet have an account.
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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME:

FIRST SESSION: Friday Oct 14, 6-9 PM (moderator: ZIZEK)
Slavoj Zizek: SHORT INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
Frank Ruda: REMEMBERING THE IMPOSSIBLE. FOR A META-CRITICAL ANAMNESIS OF COMMUNISM
Alain Badiou: POLITICS AND STATE, MASS MOVEMENT AND TERROR (read by Bruno Bosteels)

SECOND SESSION: Saturday Oct 15, 10AM-1PM (moderator: ZIZEK)
Bruno Bosteels: ON THE CHRISTIAN QUESTION
Susan Buck-Morss: COMMUNISM AND ETHICS

THIRD SESSION: Saturday Oct 15, 3-7 PM (moderator: BOSTEELS)
Adrian Johnston: FROM SCIENTIFIC SOCIALISM TO SOCIALIST SCIENCE. NATURDIALEKTIK THEN AND NOW
Jodi Dean: COMMUNIST DESIRE
Etienne Balibar: COMMUNISM AS COMMITMENT, IMAGINATION, AND POLITICS

FOURTH SESSION: Sunday Oct 16, 10AM-1PM (moderator: BOSTEELS)
Emmanuel Terray: COMMUNISM: WAYS AND MEANS OF THE RECONSTRUCTION
Slavoj Zizek: CONCLUSION: FREEDOM IN THE CLOUDS
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UPDATE: Alain Badiou unable to attend

With great regret we have to announce that, due to illness, Alain Badiou will not be able to attend the conference Communism, A New Beginning? this weekend. We are all extremely disappointed but we hope you’ll join us in wishing Alain a swift recovery. He has prepared a text to be read (by Bruno Bosteels) so will still be able to contribute to the conference, and we still expect the conference to be an extraordinary event.
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Praise for SLAVOJ ZIZEK

“The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged from Europe in some decades.” – TERRY EAGLETON

“Superstar messiah of the new left.” – OBSERVER

“An intellectual whirlwind.” – TELEGRAPH

“Slavoj Zizek is a superstar of Elvis-like magnitude–a bogglingly dynamic whirlwind of brainpower.” – DAZED AND CONFUSED

Praise for ALAIN BADIOU

“An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser” – NEW STATESMAN

“Badiou is at his strongest in pointing to the inconsistencies of a facile multiculturalism, the pluralism of the food court and the shopping mall, which wilts in the face of any genuine expression of cultural hostility to liberal values.” – RADICAL PHILOSOPHY

“Alain Badiou could be the most important philosopher alive today” – IRISH LEFT REVIEW

“Badiou is by turns speculative, provocative…and droll.” – TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
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SLAVOJ ZIZEK is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European GraduateSchool, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, BirkbeckCollege, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include LIVING IN THE END TIMES, FIRST AS TRAGEDY, THEN AS FARCE, IN DEFENSE OF LOST CAUSES, six volumes of the ESSENTIAL ZIZEK, and many more.

ALAIN BADIOU teaches philosophy at the École normale supérieure and the Collège international de philosophie in Paris. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including THEORY OF THE SUBJECT, BEING AND EVENT, MANIFESTO FOR PHILOSOPHY, and GILLES DELEUZE. His recent books include THE MEANING OF SARKOZY, ETHICS, METAPOLITICS, POLEMICS, THE COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS, FIVE LESSONS ON WAGNER, AND WITTGENSTEIN’S ANTI-PHILOSOPHY.
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For more information on the Verso livestream from New York:
http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/706-communism-a-new-beginning-alain-badiou-and-slavoj-zizek-with-verso-books-at-cooper-union-new-york-october-14th-16th-2011
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The contributions at the 2009 London conference have been collected in:

THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM

Edited by SLAVOJ ZIZEK and COSTA DOUZINAS

ISBN: 978 1 84467 455 8 / $95.00/ £55.00/$118.50 / Hardback / 240 pages

ISBN: 978 1 84467 459 6 / $26.95/£14.99/$33.50 / Paperback / 240 pages

For more information:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/513-the-idea-of-communism
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Etienne Balibar

ETIENNE BALIBAR: EUROPE, AMERICA, AND THE CRISIS – A PHILOSOPHER’S REMARKS

THE COMMITTEE ON GLOBALIZATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE PRESENTS

Etienne Balibar

EUROPE, AMERICA, AND THE CRISIS – A PHILOSOPHER’S REMARKS

Monday, October 3rd 2011, from 6 to 7:30pm Skylight Room | The Graduate Center 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Roundtable Discussion Wednesday, October 5th 2011, from 12 to 2pm Room 5109 | The Graduate Center

Free and open to the public

Etienne Balibar (b1942) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-X. As one of Louis Althusser’s most brilliant students in the 1960s, Etienne Balibar contributed to the collective theoretical masterpiece of Reading Capital. Since then he has established himself amongst the most subtle philosophical and political thinkers in France. He has worked extensively on general problematics such as the theme of universalism and difference. He has also addressed topical questions such as European racism, the notion of the border, whether a European citizenship is possible or desirable, violence and politics, identity and emancipation.

His books include Reading Capital (with Louis Althusser, New Left Books 1970), Race, Nation, Class (with Immanuel Wallerstein, Verso 1991), The Philosophy of Marx, Spinoza and Politics, Politics and the Other Scene (Verso 2002), and We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (Princeton University Press 2004).

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics

• Link to the post: http://globalization.gc.cuny.edu/etienne-balibar-europe-america-and-the-crisis/

• Link to The Committee on Globalization and Social Change: http://globalization.gc.cuny.edu  

 

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Baruch Spinoza

BEYOND SPINOZA

Beyond Spinoza invite proposals for 30 minute presentations which trace or explore the presence of Early Modern philosophical concepts in contemporary philosophy and psychoanalysic theory. These could include, but are not limited to:

Spinoza and French philosophy (Badiou, Deleuze), Spinoza and psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan), Spinoza and politics (Balibar, Macherey), Spinoza and self-transformation (Foucault, Lacan), Spinoza and schizoanalysis (Guattari, Deleuze), Leibniz and French philosophy (Deleuze, Gueroult), Leibniz and contemporary art, Leibniz and maths.

Beyond Spinoza is a collective of London-based postgraduate students who wish to enrich and deepen their understanding and enjoyment of contemporary philosophy by exploring its historical and conceptual roots.

The series will run once a week, for three consecutive weeks, at Goldsmiths College in July 2011. Each session will comprise two 30 minute presentations followed by discussion and drinks. The series will be followed later in the year by a publication of revised papers.

Please submit proposals of around 300 words to beyondspinoza@gmail.com on or before the 1st June 2011

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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Etienne Balibar

ELEVEN THESES ON MARX AND MARXISM

Thursday 14 April 2011, 6.00-8.00pm

A talk by Étienne Balibar (University of Paris X and Irvine, University of California)

Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH

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