Alain Badiou, Animality, Jan van Eyck Academy, The Human Animal in Contemporary Philosophy

The Human Animal in Contemporary Philosophy, Psycho-Analysis and Science at the Jan van Eyck Academy

Yet another really interesting event organized at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht on the 27th and 28th of May. The conference is entitled ‘The Human Animal in Contemporary Philosophy, Psycho-analysis and Science’ and is part of a serieus of three events under this heading. The other two parts will follow 16 and 17 December in the KW Gallery in Berlin and Spring 2012 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Ljubjana.

It deals with the current interest in regaining what has been gone missing with the post-structuralist and deconstructivist attempt to criticize the very notion of ‘man’ and the ‘subject’ – mainly as to formulate a post-human ethics, politics and philosophy. This current interest is, as far as I can see, mainly inspired by the works of post-Marxist thinkers such as Alain Badiou in that this ‘school’ tries to recapture man ‘beyond’ his animality. Badiou, in his book Ethics, for instance tries to argue why current liberal-capitalist politics is mainly inspired to reduce man to his animal structure and not allowing him to perform his ‘immortality’ (as Badiou states it) – that is, the possibility to transcend the daily life of opinions, habits and traditions. Only by re-discovering man’s ability to go beyond this animal structure – this mortality – can the immanent Event be captured. 

Looking forward to it. Click here for more info.

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