Wednesday, 30 September 2009

NTU Philosophy Seminar Series

NTU Philosophy Seminar Series

The Philosophy Teaching and Research Group, based in the School of Arts and Humanities, will be running a series of reading based seminars this year on the theme of Speculative Materialism. Associated with the work of Quentin Meillassoux, Graham Harman, Ray Brassier and Ian Hamilton Grant, Speculative Materialism is fast becoming a new thought-style in contemporary philosophy and increasingly influential in a range of other humanities and social science based disciplines.

The first session will discuss a classic paper that is often cited as one of the forerunners of this new philosophical dispensation – Wilfred Sellars’ 1963 paper Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man. In subsequent weeks we will go on to discuss Ray Brassier’s book Nihil Unbound and Quentin Meillassoux’s recent and highly acclaimed work After Finitude.

These seminars should appeal to all those who want to keep abreast of conceptual innovations in contemporary philosophy.

The first seminar will take place on Wednesday Oct 28th, 1-2 pm, in ICAn 215. All are welcome.

For further information please contact Neil Turnbull, Ruth Griffin or Patrick O’Connor.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, it would be great to see as many of you as possible there, as it should be a good forum for philosophical debate!
    On a different note, as part of our planning for the new academic year, we have been considering ways in which we want the blog to develop. This has generated a deceptively simply question:
    What is a blog, and what is its purpose? Perhaps this is in fact a simple question, and difficulties arise from three philosophers in a room making simple things difficult!
    Joking aside, though, blogs may range from presenting the micro details of people's lives right through to esoteric musings on the latest conference.
    Should a blog, at least on the basis of its original definition, be "all about me/you" (and why should we care?)
    Or, at university subject level, shouldn't it rather be dedicated to the pursuit of philosophy at a fairly high level?