philosophy

l'Appareil Vocal [the Vocal Apparatus]. Ink on paper. 1916. Anon/Ferdinand de Saussure. From Cours de Linguistique Générale. 

Juergen Habermas on the concept of "the Political" (Episode 9)

excerpted from http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2009/11/02/rethinking-secularism-audio/

Another Cultural Technologies Bootleg: This episode features German philosopher and social theorist Juergen Habermas's 2010 lecture on "'The Political': The Rational Meaning of a Questionable Inheritance of Political Theology" held at NYU. Habermas unpacks the merits and shortcomings of Carl Schmitt's concept of the political and flaws in Schmitt's account of the relation between European secularization and the rise of political liberalism.

WJT Mitchell: Iconology Today (Episode 6)

WJT Mitchell: Iconology Today

Literary critic and theorist of visual culture WJT Mitchell talks to us about his classic book Iconology, as well the fear of images, John Locke, digital media, ideology, the life of images, images as life, and more.

For more on visual culture today,  consider checking by the "Now! Visual Culture" conference being held at NYU in late May, where WJT Mitchell, myself, and a variety of scholars and artists will be giving talks. More info here.

Quentin Meillassoux in English at the Speculative Realism Conference (Episode 5)

Poster for the Speculative Realism Conference in 2007 at Goldsmiths.

(Note: Audio quality improves after the first few minutes of the lecture!)  This podcast features French philosopher Quentin Meillassoux's lecture in English at the Speculative Realism conference held at Goldmiths, University of London in 2007. The recent translation of Meillassoux's "After Finitude" and a spate of interpretations of his work have brought him greater recognition in the English-speaking world. As far as I know this is the only recording of him giving a talk in English, however.

Graham Harman's Object Lesson (Episode 4)

Graham Harman (Photo: Brechtje Keulen)

Philosopher Graham Harman, one of the major figures in the philosophical movement known as speculative realism, talks about object-oriented philosophy and his book The Quadruple Object. We also chat about Bruno Latour, the Egyptian revolution, Foucault, Freud, animal rights, and whether or not guns kill people.

 

Preview: As a followup, the next episode will present the original recording of Quentin Meillassoux's 2007 English-language lecture at the Goldsmiths conference on Speculative Realism. 

 

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