I’ll be speaking on a panel, along with Anthony Paul Smith and Nick Srnicek, at the University of Warwick, opening for a presentation by Francois Laruelle, so come out for that if you can. Laruelle will also be speaking at Nottingham. Below is the information for those events, as well as the conference schedule for our upcoming conference at Dundee, and a CFP for the new Pli issue.
Warwick Symposium on the Non-Philosophy of Francois Laruelle
The Warwick University Philosophy Society, in association with Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, is pleased to announce a short symposium on the non-philosophy of Francois Laruelle on Wednesday the 3rd of March. This will take place in H0.52, in the humanities building, on Warwick main campus, from 3.30pm to 7.00pm.
3.30 – “Non-Philosophy in English” – Nick Srnicek (LSE), Anthony Paul Smith (Nottingham), Reid Kotlas (Dundee) – Three presentations introducing the central features of non-philosophy followed by a joint question and answer session.
5.00 – Break
5.30 – “From the First to the Second Non-Philosophy” – Francois Laruelle – Paper in French, with English translation provided by Anthony Paul Smith, followed by a question and answer session interpreted by Marjorie Gracieuse (Warwick).
Free to all, no registration required. For further enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Real Objects or Material Subjects’
Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee
March 27-28, 2010
12pm-12:15pm: Introductory Remarks
12:15pm-1:30pm: James Williams (Dundee) “Contemplating Pebbles”
- Nathan Coombs (Royal Holloway, University of London)Platonism and Realism: Badiou contra Harman
- Sid Littlefield (Georgia College & State University): Inflationary and Deflationary Metaphysics
- Mike Olson (Villanova University) On the Dogmatic Limitations and Speculative Resources of Transcendental Idealism
4:30pm-6:00pm: Graham Harman (American University, Cairo) “I Am Also of the Opinion that Materialism Must Be Destroyed”
10:00am-10:15am: Introductory Remarks
10:15am-11:30am: Adrian Johnston (University of New Mexico)“‘Naturalism or anti-naturalism? No, thanks–both are worse!’: Science, Materialism, and Slavoj Zizek.”
- Austin Smidt (Nottingham) The Beyond In Our Midst: Sartre’s Robust Materialism as a Root of Revolution
- Tom Eyers (Middlesex) Lacanian Materialism and the Question of the Real
- Colby Dickinson (KU Leuven) Materialism as pantheistic animality: Giorgio Agamben and the silence of transcendence
1:15pm-2:00pm: Lunch Break
- John Van Houdt (KU Leuven): The Necessity of Contingency or Contingent Necessity? Meillassoux, Hegel, and the Logic of Modal Necessity
- Paul Ennis (University College Dublin) Phenomenology and the Ancestral
3:15pm-4:30pm: Peter Hallward (CRMEP, Middlesex) “Self-Emancipation between Hegel and Marx”
4:30pm-5:00pm: Closing Discussion
Registration is ESSENTIAL, please email email@example.com with Name/Address/Institutional Affiliation/Email Address by March 1st.
Cost is 10 pounds unwaged/ 20 pounds waged. Checks can be made out to Dundee University and sent to:
Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN, Scotland, UK
CALL FOR PAPERS ON CONTINGENCY
Pli invites submissions for the next volume (22) on the topic of Contingency. Recently, contingency has been reassessed (Meillassoux, After Finitude) in ways which bring that notion back into the centre of the contemporary philosophical debate. For the next volume of Pli we welcome papers that aim to understand or shed new light on this important notion. “The root of freedom in God is the possibility or contingency of things, by which it happens that innumerable things are found which are neither necessary nor impossible, from which God chooses those which do most to testify to his own glory.” Leibniz, Contingency and Necessity.
“In this externality, the determinations of the Notion have the show of an indifferent subsistence and isolation [Vereinzelung] in regard to each other, and the Notion, therefore, is present only as something inward. Consequently, Nature exhibits no freedom in its existence, but only necessity and contingency.” Hegel, §248, Encyclopedia.
“The Logos breaks up into hieroglyphics, each one of which speaks the transcendent language of a faculty. Even the point of departure—namely, sensibility in the encounter with that which forces sensation—presupposes neither affinity nor predestination. On the contrary, it is the fortuitousness or the contingency of the encounter which guarantees the necessity of that which it forces to be thought.” Deleuze, Difference and Repetition.
Possible topics include:
- Contingency, necessity and probability.
- The necessity of contingency in Quentin Meillassoux.
- Early modern understanding of contingency in Leibniz and/or Spinoza.
- Contingency after Kant.
- The Hegelian rehabilitation of the principle of sufficient reason.
- Nietzschean becoming.
- Contingency and Heideggerian ‘facticity’.
- Contingency and the Event
Submissions should be articles no longer than 8,000 words, accompanied by an abstract, and sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Alternatively submissions can be sent in the form of a single hard copy plus a copy on disk as a Word, ODT or RTF file. Include an e-mail address for future correspondence. The deadline for submissions is the 30th of June 2010. Please refer to the ‘Notes for Contributors’ on the journal’s website.
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