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Sonia Kruks: Simone de Beauvoir and the “New Materialisms”

When:We 06-03-2019 15:15 - 17:00
Where:Room Omega

Colloquium lecture by Sonia Kruks (Oberlin), organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

This paper engages critically with the “new materialisms” by bringing them into conversation with the work of Simone de Beauvoir. The new materialisms offer an important challenge to “human exceptionalism” in Western thought, calling attention to the materiality of the human and effectively criticizing still-pervasive conceptions of “man” as an autonomous “sovereign subject.” However, the paper argues, new materialists overstate their claims, tending to ignore what still remains distinctive to human life. The paper thus turns Beauvoir to make a case for a more “modest” human exceptionalism. Beauvoir’s philosophy of ambiguity, while grounding the human inextricably in the material, also grasps the quantum leap in consciousness and agency that makes the human distinctive. In addition, drawing insight from “historical materialism,” she also considers, in ways the new materialisms do not, how agentic qualities of human life may become blocked through the material sedimentation of human action in persistent, power-laden institutions.

Conference: Varieties of Unity in Early Modern Philosophy

From:Fr 12-04-2019
Until:Sa 13-04-2019
Where:Groningen, room TBA

Organizers: Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto), Brian Embry (University of Groningen) Call for Abstracts (before 10 January 2019)

Matthew Kieran

When:We 22-05-2019 15:15 - 17:00
Where:Room Omega

Colloquium lecture by Matthew Kieran (Leeds), organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Title & abstract TBA

Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VI

From:We 29-05-2019
Until:Th 30-05-2019
Where:TBA

The Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy brings together advanced students and established scholars to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. Built on the success of the previous 2014–2017 editions, which gathered philosophers from all over the world, the Seminar offers workshop-style collaborations in order to stimulate scholarly exchange. The language of presentation and discussion is English.

This year's keynote speakers are: Professor Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto) and Professor Katherine Brading (Duke University) View Call for Papers, Procedure and Organization details

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