A new eight week Seminar beginning Saturday, March 18, 2017.
A collaborative project with Arto Artinian, Peter Bratsis, Bruno Gulli, Kristen Lawler, and Michael Pelias.
The most pressing ethical–political question of our contemporary situation can be framed as: How can so few dominate so many without engendering rebellion and active resistance? Indeed, it appears that the many are ever more servile, actively participating in their own domination. Is the desire for security and safety stronger than the desire for freedom and autonomy? Is this inherent to the human condition or, rather, is it the production of a desire that is socially constituted and persistently reinforced through subtle mechanisms that manipulate us and create us as liberal subjects?
Through a series of readings from Hegel, La Boetie, Machiavelli, Spinoza, Marx, Sartre, Freud, Lefebvre, and Frederic Lordon, we will investigate disciplinary and control techniques that affect our psychic materiality and position our everyday lives that deny the capacity for free action and organic human development. Tracing these symptoms, is it enough to “enjoy the symptom” or should we think through a new problematic of what freedom means and its relationship to a new ethos of courage and creativity which confront the administered world of fear that we inhabit.
The Seminar will begin on March 18th and run until May 20th, from 4–6, at the Institute for the Radical Imagination idea gallery, 2067 Broadway (between 71st and 72nd streets) 7th floor. $10 per session, $80 for entire semester.
List of Readings
- Hegel G.W. F. “Lordship and Bondage” pages 111–119 of the A.V. Miller translation of Phenomenology of Spirit
- De la Boetie, Etienne. The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude. Black Rose Press. Montreal (reprinted from Mises.org)
- Machiavelli, Niccolo. Selections from The Prince
- Spinoza, Baruch Benedictus. Book 4 of The Ethics and selections from the Tractatus Theologicus-Politicus
- LaFarge, Paul. The Right to be Lazy.
- Freud, Sigmund. “The Economic Problem of Masochism.”
- Sartre, Jean-Paul. On the practico-inert in Critique of Dialectical Reason
- Lordon, Frederic. Willing Slaves of Capital
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