A Seminar with Michael Pelias
Since the event of May 1968 and its great slogan, All Power to the Imagination, we have experienced and witnessed a profound regression in political practice and imagination. In this seminar, four basic philosophical tendencies will be examined in the light of the radical imagination. We will investigate the reasons why the conservative imagination has taken over in the political and economic spheres, and engage the tendencies on the Left that were somewhat coopted and incorporated into the mainstream.
From a period of slackening to marginal resistance, through the formation of new subjectivities and subjection to space to contemporary thought about agency and praxis, the lecture/seminar will begin with Antonio Gramsci’s long reflection on What is Philosophy? and its role in History. We will work through writings from the late seventies through the eighties, and to the second decade of the 21st century from authors as diverse as Lyotard, Rorty, Agamben, Derrida, Deleuze and Foucault, Badiou and Stiegler.
The seminar will begin on Saturday, March 11th at Long Island University — Brooklyn (Dekalb and Flatbush), Health Sciences Bldg. Room 224 at 1:30 p.m.
Subsequently, we will meet at 12:30pm, at the Institute for the Radical Imagination Idea Gallery, 2067 Broadway (between 71st and 72nd streets) 7th floor, for successive Saturdays until June 10th.
Classes are $10 for an individual session or $100 for attending all sessions of the seminar (payable by cash or check in class, or credit cards and PayPal below). For details on each class session, please see the schedule below.
For our first meeting, please read “The Study of Philosophy” (pages 321–351) in Antonio Gramsci’s Selections from the Prison Notebooks, edited and translated by Quentin Hoare (International Publishers. First edition 1971, last edition, 2005).
List of Readings
- Gramsci, Antonio. Selections from the Prison Notebooks, trans. by Quentin Hoare (1971)
- Lyotard, Jean-Francois. “What is Postmodernism? “ from The Postmodern Condition (1984)
- Rorty, Richard. Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in 20th Century America (1998)
- Derrida, Jacques. “The Ends of Man.” (1968) From Margins of Philosophy
- Agamben, Giorgio. Homo Sacer (1998)
- Foucault, Michel. The Birth of Biopolitics :1978–79 Lectures (2008) Pages 1–74
- Deleuze, Gilles. “Societies of Control” from October
- Badiou, Alain. Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil (2001)
- Stiegler, Bernard. The Re-Enchantment of the World (2014)
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