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What is a refrain? repetition, difference, dialectic and the knell of Hegel

The myriad blows dealt the dialectic cannot arrest its motion; the movement and form exceed the pugilists’s conceptualizations – and therein consists a powerful affinity with one of its great interlocutors, deconstruction. Glas, Jacques Derrida’s fabulously probing study of genre in Hegel and Genet, is 40 years old this year, yet the encounter between deconstruction and the dialectic could not be more new.

Join InterCcECT as we continue our dialectical summer: Wednesday, 23 July, 12noon, Bucktown-Wicker Park library study room. The text of Glas is out of print (new translation in the works), so let us know if you need a copy. If you want to read more deliberately, the Paul of Tarsus working group is accompanying us for our meeting, but holding sessions on smaller sections in the interim.

Where does the dialectic lead you? As always, follow us on Facebook or contact us to propose events.

May we recommend a field trip? Magritte: commenced this week, defamiliarizing objects and signifiers alike.


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self-differing Hegel


Totalizing, teleologizing, triadic: standard readings of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit are monotone. In The Hegel Variations, Fredric Jameson re-encounters the rhythm and dynamism of the text, reprising the fluidity of the negative. Come tune your dialectic with InterCcECT at our first reading group of the summer, Wednesday 25 June, 12noon, Bucktown-Wicker Park Public Library Study Room.

What’s on your reading/talking/writing/making list? Contact us to propose summer collaborations, or to request the texts.

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Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology, Paul: May’s finale; summer’s open vista

As semesters adjourn and quarters eye the end, InterCcECT invites you to propose summer projects. What are your summer reading goals? Writing goals? Want to convene a session or working group? We want you! Contact us us or connect on Facebook.

May is wrapping up with a theory bang around town; let some of these events this week from our calendar inspire your proposals to us!

17-19 May, Which Way Forward for Psychoanalysis?
19-21 May, Phenomenology Roundtable
20-21 May, Paul of Tarsus Working Group presents Aidan Tynan, “Belief in This World: Deleuze, Paul and the Apocalyptic Mood” and InterCcECTer Adam Kotsko, “What St. Paul and the Franciscans Can Tell Us About Neoliberalism: On Agamben’s The Highest Poverty”.

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the void of / in Badiou’s Ontology: a talk by Tzuchien Tho

fWith the generous support of Gallery 400, InterCcECT is very pleased to present “Nothing Just Isn’t (what it used to be): The Void and Structure,” a talk by Tzuchien Tho, researcher at The Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and The Centre International d’Etude de la Philosophie Française Contemporaine. Join us Thursday 25 April at 4pm at Gallery 400!

Alain Badiou inherited a series of concepts in the late 60’s that manifest a similar sort of argumentative strategy. From
Neo-Kantianism, French epistemologie, Hegelianism and structuralism, there were a number of different figures of the void, the nothing, indeed the “not”, all of which stood in as a reified repository for the undetermined and contingent (the virtual), the not-yet (the new in history), the horizon of determination and knowledge (regulative judgment). By looking at how Badiou refuted this construal of the problem of the void (the nothing and the like) in the late 60’s, I will demonstrate how these initial works led to his arguments concerning the void in the 1980’s provided a real alternative to those that he inherited. In turn, understanding Badiou’s rejection from this late 60’s context of treating the notion of the void sheds light on the meaning of his “mathematical ontology” through set theory and allows us to evaluate his larger philosophical project from a different historical vantage.

highlights from our calendar: — as always, Contact us to announce or propose events!
12-13 April, Norms of Freedom in Kant and Hegel
19-20 April, Death Penalties
20 April, Andrew Curran, Before Anthropology: Enlightenment Science and the Category of the Human
2 May, Jacques Derrida: Points of Departure

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New Year, New InterCcECTions

InterCcECT is pleased to commence the new year with a winter line-up bookended by two special events in contemporary philosophy:

24 January, 4pm: InterCcECT presents Andrew Benjamin, “Being-In-Relation,” Newberry Library, Room B82

19 March, 4pm: InterCcECT presents Andrew Cutrofello, “Two Contemporary Hegelianisms,” Newberry Library, Room B82

“Being-In-Relation: Philosophy’s Other Possibility,” Professor Benjamin’s latest project, revisits Descartes, Fichte, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger in a radical attempt to think the priority of relationality to singularity. For the InterCcECT works-in-progress session, we will pre-circulate a draft of Chapter One, which establishes the parameters of the problem. Request the paper and join us!

In between, look out for our February event announcement, and check our calendar regularly for highlights from around town, like:

9 January, Wendy Brown, The Protoean Morphology of Homo Economicus
11 January, Graham Harman, A New Look at Identity and Sufficient Reason
17, 18, 25 January, Andrew Benjamin, The Fabric of Existence, Recovering Relationality, and more
31 January, Pierre Keller, Kant’s World Concept of Philosophy
13 February, Elizabeth Rottenberg, Freud’s Other Legacy

InterCcECT wants to hear your theory new year’s resolutions! Contact us to announce or propose events, and “like” us on Facebook for frequent links.

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aesthetic thought versus instrumental reason: the early years

Locke’s ​Essay Concerning Human Understanding ​might seem an unlikely place to espy the origins of aesthetic philosophy, but the deadlocks of empiricism it formulates may be precisely what necessitated the category of aesthetic cognition. InterCcECT is delighted to host a works-in-progress session on these questions with Professor Viv Soni.

Join us Thursday 10 May at 5pm at the InterCcECT Salon in Bucktown for “The Vanishing Place of Judgment between Empiricism and Aesthetics: The Case of Locke’s Essay.” Request the paper and final details.

InterCcECT is your circle. Sign up to receive regular updates, check the calendar for recommended events around town (like tonight’s The Art of Drinking Beer with Friends) and for our plans (like the upcoming Lacan reading group), and drop us a line to propose your own adventures.

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April Showers

InterCcECT reminds you to attend our upcoming mini-seminar with Kiarina Kordela, “(Psychoanalytic) Biopolitics and Bioracism” (readings available here), Monday, 9 April, 4pm, UIC Institute for the Humanities, 701 S Morgan St, lower level.

Some theory events April showers on Chicago (and our neighbor, Milwaukee!):

3 April Richard Weisberg, In Defense of Flexiphobia: How a Touch of Faulknerian ‘Intractability’ Might Help Avoid Historical and Hermeneutic Disasters, UIC Forum for Research on Law, Politics, and the Humanities

4 April, Saskia Sassen, Digital Formations of the Powerful and the Powerless, UIC

5 April, Christopher Menke, The “Different Form” of Domination: Toward a Crtiique of the Social Critique of Law, Northwestern U.

13 April, Pre-Occupy Symposium, UW-Milwaukee Center for 21st Century Studies

20 April, In a Rut, Arts of Non-Sovereignty series, U Chicago

To propose or announce events, contact us .

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