Slavoj Zizek: HOW TO BE A MATERIALIST TODAY — Lecture series at NYU in October

Slavoj Žižek will present a series of lectures at NYU on the topic of “How to be a Materialist Today.” These sessions will meet in addition to the regularly-scheduled class meetings for GERM-GA2601 with Leif Weatherby. All students enrolled in the course for credit should attend. Those wishing to audit only Slavoj Žižek’s lectures for non-credit may do so by emailing german.dept[at]nyu.edu in advance.

The lecture series with Slavoj Žižek will take place from 3:00-5:40 pm on October 7 (Wed), 9 (Friday), 15 (Thursday), and 16 (Friday) at Deutsches Haus at NYU.

Slavoj Žižek: HOW TO BE A MATERIALIST TODAY

Lecture Series at New York University Department of German

Fall 2015

The entire history of philosophy turns around the line that separates truth from falsity – from Plato whose focus is the line that divides truth from mere opinion, up to Lenin obsessed with the line that separates materialism from idealism. The course will be an exercise in this art of delimitation: its aim is to specify the contours of the dialectical-materialist ontology by way of drawing a line that separates from it from other forms of thought that appear similar to it, from Julia Kristeva’s abjection to Robert Pippin’s self-consciousness, from Catherine Malabou’s plasticity to the god of negative theology, from object-oriented-ontology to the topic of post-humanity.

Wednesday, October 7

–1 Negativity in materialist theology: is god dead, unconscious, evil, or plainly stupid?

Friday, October 9

–2 A critique of object-oriented-ontology and New Materialism.

Thursday, October 15

–3 Abject, ugliness, disgust: a delimitation from Kristeva.

Friday, October 16

–4 Hegel and the end of art: a materialist delimitation from Pippin.

Each of these sessions will meet from 3:00pm to 5:40pm in the auditorium of Deutsches Haus at NYU, located at 42 Washington Mews, NY, NY 10003.

LITERATURE

Jacques Lacan, ANXIETY (Seminar, Book X), Polity Press 2014

Slavoj Žižek, ABSOLUTE RECOIL, Verso Books 2014, Chapters 1.1 and 1.3

Levi Bryant, DEMOCRACY OF OBJECTS (available online)

In addition, Slavoj Žižek will present a separate lecture for the general public on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00pm at Cantor Film Center at NYU. Entry will be on a first come, first serve basis. Your attendance in the course sessions listed above does not guarantee your entry to the public lecture on October 14:

IS HEGEL DEAD, OR ARE WE DEAD IN THE EYES OF HEGEL? A HEGELIAN VIEW OF THE PRESENT AGE

The question we should ask is not: is Hegel still alive, is his thought of any uses for us today? The true question is: what are we – our global capitalist world – in the eyes of Hegel? What if, from the Hegelian standpoint, we are all dead – in what sense? Wolf Bierman once wrote that, while the spiritualist question is “Is there life after death?”, the materialist question is: “Is there life before death?” Are we really alive today, alive in the sense of ecstatic opening which makes life worth living?

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