The New World

Philosophy Department at NYU.

At the end of the month, I will be travelling to New York and New England for a few weeks. Whilst there, I would like to fit in at least some philosophy — not least because the hard-boiled temperaments of American grad students have made me curious about the intellectual climate there. I’ll be travelling with my housemate (a non-philosopher), and our rough schedule is as follows: NYC 26-28th Oct; The Adirondacks 29th Oct-3rd Nov; Boston 4th-7th Nov; NYC 8th-13th Nov. I know there’s various things happening in the area around then (only some of it I can catch):

Charles Larmore seminar, NYC, 5th Nov
Jonathan Lear, Tanner Lectures, Cambridge, MA, 4th-6th Nov
The Foundations of Morality Conference, NYC, 6-7th Nov

If there’s any other philosophy events which you think I might be interested in, then it would be great if you could let me know. And anything else besides too (post-punk gigs, riot grrrl nights, modernist art exhibitions…) would be helpful, though I don’t imagine being at a loss for things to do.

4 thoughts on “The New World

  1. This may throw off your schedule a bit, but Lear and some other interesting folks are speaking at Boston College on October 25-28.

    Psychoanalysis, Tragedy, Politics
    Boston College, October 25-28, 2009

    Inquiries may be directed to Jeffrey Bloechl:

    Sunday October 25
    Keynote lecture: October 25, 5.00 pm.
    Jonathan Lear, University of Chicago: “Allegory and Psychic Transformation: An Interpretation of Plato’s Cave.”

    Monday October 26

    Session 1: 9-10.30
    Charles Shepherdson, SUNY-Albany: “Antigone: The Work of Literature and the History of Subjectivity.”
    Response by Emily Zakin, Miami University of Ohio.

    Session 2: 10.45-12.15
    Patrick Guyomard, Université de Paris VII-Denis Diderot:
    “Lacan on Sophocles’s Antigone”
    Response by John Muller, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA.

    Session 3: 1.45.-3.15
    Ari Hirvonen, University of Helsinki: “After Oedipus and Hamlet”
    Response by Vanessa Rumble, Boston College.

    Session 4: 3.30-5.00
    Paul Moyaert, Catholic University of Leuven: “Dignity today. Can the notion of double moral consciousness throw some light upon Lacan?”
    Response by Herman Westerink, Protestant Faculty of Theology, Vienna.

    Session 5: 7.00-8:30
    W.J. Richardson, Boston College: “Heidegger’s Godot”
    Response by Philippe Van Haute, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen.

    Tuesday October 27

    Session 1: 9.00-10.30
    Elizabeth Rottenberg, DePaul University: “Forgetting Sexuality”
    Response by Tomas Geyskens, Catholic University of Leuven.

    Session 2: 10.45.-12.15
    Russell Grigg, Deakin University, Melbourne: “The Enigma of Jouissance.”
    Response by Christian Dunker, Universidade de São Paulo.

    Session 3: 1.45-3.15
    Chaoyang Liao, National Taiwan University: “”Automaton and Tathagatagarbha: Virtual Agency in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution.”
    Response by Jeffrey Bloechl, Boston College.

    Session 4: 3.30-5.00
    Kazuyuki Hara, University of Tokyo, Komaba: “Le tragique comme l’au-delà de l’Oedipe : autour de l’analyse lacanienne de la Trilogie de Coûfontaine”
    Response by Jelica Sumic, University of Ljubljana.

    Wednesday October 28

    Session 1: 9.00-10.30
    Rodrigo de la Fabian, Université Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile: “An Ethical and Political Critique of the Tragic Paradigm in Psychoanalysis”
    Response by Richard Theisen Simanke, Universidad de Sao Carlos, Brazil.

    Session 2: 10.45-12.15
    Vladimir Safatle, Universidade de São Paulo: “The Political Power of the Inhuman : On the Psychoanalytic Critique of Humanism.”
    Response by Ruth Ronen, Tel-Aviv University.

    Session 3: 1.45-3.15
    Monique David-Menard, Université de Paris- St. Denis: “How Do the Psychoanalytic Cure and Social Institution Transform the Tragic Fate of the Drives?”
    Response by Richard Boothby, Loyola University of Baltimore.

    • That looks interesting, especially as I’m something of a Lear-ian when it comes to psychoanalysis. Annoyingly, I think it’ll be impossible with our schedule, even with a little bit of flexibility. Thanks for the heads-up though!

  2. hi tom: i’m presenting a paper at the wittgenstein workshop at the new school on Oct. 29th. i’m no larmore or lear, but there should be all sorts of mcdowellian types around at the new school…

    Thursday October 29th, 11-1pm, Rm. 802 at 80 Fifth Avenue
    Speaker: James Dow, CUNY, “Shoegenstein on Self-Ascription and Immunity to Error” Commentator: Adam Gies, NSSR

    even if you do not wish to attend the talk, let’s please hang out while you’re here… shoot me an email if you need a place to stay too.

  3. Hey James,

    Sadly, I won’t be able to make it to your talk (hope it goes well though) as we’ve got a Greyhound booked on the 28th to Lake George. It would be fantastic if we could stay though, even for a night or two. I’ll be in touch soon!

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