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The Unit for Global Justice, Goldsmiths, and the Collège International de Philosophie, Paris invite you to a book discussion on:

Oliver Feltham’s Anatomy of Failure: Philosophy and Political Action (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Modern liberalism begins in the forgetting of the English Revolution. Anatomy of Failure seeks to right that wrong by exploring the concept of political action, playing its history against its philosophy. The 1640s are a period of institutional failure and political disaster: the country plunges into civil war, every agent is naked. Established procedures are thrown aside and the very grounds for action are fiercely debated and recast.

Five queries emerge in the experience of the New Model Army, five queries that outline an anatomy of failure, isolating the points at which actors disagree, conflict flares up, and alliances dissolve: Who can act? On what grounds? Who is right about what is to be done? Why do we succeed or fail? If you and I split, were we ever united, and to what end? The application of these questions to the Leveller-agitator writings, and then to Thomas Hobbes and John Locke’s philosophies, generates models of political action. No mere philosophical abstractions, the Hobbesian and Lockean models of sovereign and contractual  action have dominated the very practice of politics for centuries. Today it is time to recuperate the Leveller-agitator model of joint action, a model unique in its adequacy to the threat of failure and in its vocation for building the common-wealth. 



Filippo Del Lucchese, Brunel University, London

Peter D. Thomas, Brunel University, London

Alberto Toscano, Goldsmiths College, London


Oliver Feltham, American University of Paris


Saturday 22 February 2014

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Ben Pimlott Building Lecture Theatre

Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross, London SE14 6NW


The event is supported by:

Collège International de Philosophie, Paris

Unit for Global Justice, Goldsmiths College, London


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International conference organised by Colloque international organisé par :

Eternity and Change
Eternité et changement
Ljubljana, December 4 – 5, 2009


9h – 13h 30
ZRC SAZU, room/salle : Atrij
Chair/Présidence : Oliver Feltham, The American University of Paris
9h 00 – 9h 15 Jelica Šumič-Riha, FI ZRC SAZU
Introduction/Ouverture du colloque
9h 15 – 10h 30 LORENZO CHIESA, Université de Kent
The Body of Structural Dialectic: A Comparative Reading of Badiou’s Lacan in Theory of the Subject and Logics of Worlds
10h 30 – 12h 00 GERNOT KAMECKE, Technische Universität Dresden
La vie comme nom de l’être ou: penser le monde, c’est de le transfomer
12h 00 – 13h 30 OZREN PUPOVAC, ICI Berlin
The Concept of the Object in Althusser

13h 30 – 14h 30 Pause/Lunch break

14h30 – 18h30
ZRC SAZU, room/salle : Atrij
Chair/Présidence : Gernot Kamecke, Technische Universität Dresden
14h 30 – 16h 00 BRUNO BESANA, ICI Berlin
Eternaliser le changement, changer l’éternité
16h 00 – 17h 30 OLIVER FELTHAM, The American University of Paris
Political Action in Locke and Hobbes: Politics versus Philosophy
17h 30 – 18h 40 RADO RIHA, FI ZRC SAZU
Sur le matérialisme de l’Idée


9h 15 – 13h 30
ZRC SAZU, room/salle : Atrij
Chair/Présidence : Bruno Besana, ICI Berlin
9h 15 – 10h 30 FABIEN TARBY, Université Besançon
L’éternité paradoxale du sujet
Another World is Possible or the Task of Philosophy in the
Wordless Times
12h 00 – 13h 30 PETER HALLWARD, Middlesex University
Marx, Hegel and the Point of Education

13h 30 – 14h 30 Lunch break/Pause

14h30 – 18h30
ZRC SAZU, room/salle : Atrij
Chair/Présidence : Peter Hallward, Middlesex University
14h 30 – 16h 00 FRANK RUDA, Freie Universität Berlin
Idealism without Idealism: for a Renewed Materialist Reading of the 11th Thesis
16h 00 – 17h 30 PATRICE MANIGLIER, University of Essex
Qu’est-ce qu’une vérité critique ?
17h 30 – 18h 40 ALBERTO TOSCANO, Goldsmiths University of London
Change, Crisis, Catastrophe: Keywords for a Disoriented Present

19h 00 – 21h 00
Cankarjev dom, Gallusova dvorana
Keynote lecture/Conférence
ALAIN BADIOU, Ecole Normale Supérieure
Universalité et éternité : les vérités comme multiplicities génériques (être) et comme corps subjectivés (apparaître)

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Conference organizer
Sous la responsabilité de :
Jelica Šumič-Riha, FI ZRC SAZU

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