Slavoj Žižek: FIGURES OF NEGATIVITY
When a philosopher deals with another philosopher or philosophy, his or her stance is never one of dialogue, but always one of division, of drawing the line that separates truth from falsity - from Plato whose focus is the line that divides truth from mere opinion, up to Lenin who is obsessed with the line that separates materialism from idealism. The course will be an exercise in this art of delimitation: its aim is to specify the contours of the dialectical-materialist notion of negativity by way of drawing a line that separates it from other forms of the thought of negativity, from Julia Kristeva’s abjection to Robert Pippin’s self-consciousness, from Catherine Malabou’s plasticity to the god of negative theology, from object-oriented-ontology to the topic of post-humanity.
Lectures are open to the public, no registration required.
March 30: Negativity in materialist theology: is god dead, unconscious, veiled, or just stupid?
April 1: A critique of object-oriented-ontology and New Materialism.
April 6: Abjection, ugliness, disgust: a delimitation from Kristeva.
April 7: Hegel, modern art, and the end of art: a delimitation from Pippin.
April 13: Do we live in end times? A critique of millenarist reason
April 15: Colloquium (with Alenka Zupančič and Mladen Dolar): ONTOLOGY AND SEXUAL DIFFERENCE
Jacques Lacan, ANXIETY (Seminar, Book X), Polity Press 2014
Slavoj Žižek, ABSOLUTE RECOIL, Verso Books 2014, Chapters 1.1 and 1.3
Levi Bryant, DEMOCRACY OF OBJECTS (available online)