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2017-18: Women on the Verge of a Philosophical Breakdown

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About the seminar

CPCT’s annual research seminar meets on a bi-weekly basis and is open to centre members, graduate affiliates, and other interested staff and students. It aims to serve as a forum for philosophical work and dialogue at Goldsmiths.

This year’s seminar is dedicated to women in the history of philosophy, broadly understood, around whom questions of materialism and embodiment have pivoted from antiquity to the near present. We hope in particular to see how the confrontation with forms of inquiry such as fragments, letters, visions and pamphlets compels us to rethink the categories that are customarily used to identify a legibly philosophical, because paradoxically disembodied corpus. Selections range from natural philosophy, the interstices between logic and rhetoric, philosophy of mind, mysticism, critiques of democracy and rights, and psychoanalysis. Throughout we will explore the challenges and provocations posed by these texts to debates on the union of mind and body, reason and madness, vision and idea, reform and revolution, and the ‘woman question’.

Co-convened by Julia Ng (Autumn), Marina Vishmidt, Alberto Toscano, Svenja Bromberg, Stefan Nowotny

All meetings will take place on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:30pm in RHB 352.

Session plan

A detailed session plan including links to readings is available here

2017
4 Oct — Informational Meeting
18 Oct — Sappho
1 Nov — Hildegard von Bingen
15 Nov — Teresa of Avila | Julia Kristeva
29 Nov — Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia
13 Dec — Margaret Cavendish

2018
24 Jan — Anne Viscountess Conway
7 Feb — Damaris Cudworth, Lady Masham
21 Feb — Emilie du Châtelet
7 Mar — Catherine Trotter Cockburn
21 Mar — Olympe de Gouges | Mary Wollstonecraft

25 Apr — Rahel Varnhagen | Hannah Arendt
9 May — Eleanor Marx | Alexandra Kollontai
23 May — Rosa Luxemburg
6 Jun — Melanie Klein
20 Jun — Simone Weil

2015-2016

About the seminar

Wednesdays, 4-6pm. Richard Hoggart Building, Room 352  

Autumn - Oct 14, 28, Nov 11, 25, Dec 9
Spring - Jan 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 2, 16
Summer - May 4, 11, 24 Jun 1, 15

The research seminar, which will meet on a bi-weekly basis, is open to staff and graduate students affiliated with CPCT, and aims to serve as a forum for philosophical work and dialogue at Goldsmiths. Though the seminar is organised by the co-directors of the CPCT, Julia Ng and Alberto Toscano, we hope different members and affiliates of the CPCT will volunteer to lead the discussions each week.

Main text: Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A.V. Miller (OUP 1977); see also Terry Pinkard’s online translation, with facing German text

Structure

  1. Intro meeting; Phenomenology, Preface (pp.1-45, §72)
  2. Derrida, “Outwork, prefacing,” in Disseminatio
  3. Phenomenology, Introduction to Force and Understanding (pp. 46-103, §165)
  4. Heidegger, ‘Hegel’s Concept of Understanding’; Charles Taylor, ‘The Opening Arguments of the Phenomenology’; Hans-Georg Gadamer, ‘Hegel’s “Inverted World”'
  5. Phenomenology, Self-Consciousness (pp. 104-138, §230)
  6. Hyppolite, Genesis and Structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Part III) 
  7. Phenomenology, Observing Reason (pp. 105-210, §346) 
  8. Phenomenology, the rest of Reason (pp. 211-262, §437) 
  9. Phenomenology, the rest of Reason (pp. 211-262, §437) 
  10. Phenomenology, the rest of Reason (pp. 211-262, §437) 
  11. Phenomenology, The Ethical Order (pp. 263-294, §483)
  12. Phenomenology, Culture (pp. 294-363, §595) 

  13. Phenomenology, Morality (pp. 364-409, §671)

  14. Phenomenology, Religion (pp. 410-478, §787) 
  15. Phenomenology, Absolute Knowing (pp. 479-493, §808) 


 

Texts on the Phenomenology

Hyppolite, 'Genesis and Structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit'

Jameson, 'The Hegel Variations'

Pinkard, 'Hegel’s Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason'

Kojève, 'Introduction to the Reading of Hegel'

Heidegger, 'Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit'

Houlgate, 'Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: A Reader’s Guide'

Yovel, 'Hegel’s Preface to the “Phenomenology of Spirit” (translation and commentary)'

2016-2017

Leibniz, from Metaphysics to Politics

About the seminar

CPCT's annual research seminar meets on a bi-weekly basis and is open to centre members, graduate affiliates, and other interested staff and students. It aims to serve as a forum for philosophical work and dialogue at Goldsmiths. 

This year's seminar is convened by Stefan Nowotny (Visual Cultures / CPCT). Our main "text" will be Leibniz, from his metaphysical to his mathematical and political writings. All meetings will take place on Wednesdays from 3–6pm in RHB 352. 

Please contact s.nowotny(@gold.ac.uk) for copies of the texts. 

We will hold an initial informational meeting on Wednesday, 28 September. All welcome.

Session plan

A detailed session plan is available to download from Dropbox