Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics


2011-12 | Dangerous Ideas: Rethinking the Politics of Critique

Costas Douzinas, Athens Revolting: Disobedience, Resistance 

6.30-8pm, Tuesday 6th of March 2012 This talk is inspired by Professor Douzinas’s recent work on the crisis in Greece, and by his  time in Athens during recent months. Professor Douzinas has been an outspoken critic of the Greek bailout,… Continue Reading →

Sarah Franklin, The Mechanics of Substance: Rethinking Reproductive Politics in the ‘Age of Biology

6.30pm, Tuesday 21st of February, 2012 M57, Grand Parade Professor Franklin will talk about changes in the definition of biological materiality, as a consequence of developments in synthetic biology and regenerative medicine. She relates this to debates about bio-capital drawing on… Continue Reading →

Alan Finlayson, Rhetorical Invention and the Artistic Practice of Politics

6.30 pm, Tuesday 7th of February 2012 In this talk I criticise liberal theories of debate and deliberation for their formalism and for their suspicion of common opinion, ‘doxa’. I contrast them with the rhetorical approach, paying particular attention to… Continue Reading →

Howard Caygill, Resistance

6.30 pm, Tuesday 7th of February 2012 2011 may well be remembered as the year of resistance. The uprisings of the Arab Spring, the movement of indignados in Spain and Mexico, the Aganaktismenoi in Greece and the Occupy actions are… Continue Reading →

Patrice Maniglier, Foucault in Tunisia Today: Revolution and the problem of telling the truth about a (true) event

6.30 pm, Tuesday 24th of January, 2012 Confronted with the agitation in what is incorrectly designated as the Arab world, and with the revolutionary events in Tunisia and Egypt, many radical thinkers who long defended revolutionary politics, against those who… Continue Reading →

Diana Coole, Doing critical theory as political engagement: challenges, threats and dangers

6.30pm, 6 December 2011 This paper first explores why contemporary critical theory might be considered less engaged than formerly, and revisits older traditions of critical thinking – notably, the early Frankfurt School and existential phenomenology. These authors associated social criticism… Continue Reading →

Mark Devenney, Towards an Improper Politics: A Critique of Capital after Ranciere and Laclau

6.30pm, 8 November 2011 The recent financial crisis has witnessed the resurgence of anti-capitalist politics, and a wide ranging debate about either reform or overthrow of the existing system. This paper develops a critique of post-Marxist political philosophy, insisting that… Continue Reading →

Saul Newman, Max Stirner’s Ethics of Voluntary Inservitude

25th Oct 2011 6:30pm ‘Max Stirner’s ‘Ethics of Voluntary Inservitude’ is the author of From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power (2001), Power and Politics in Poststructuralist Thought,(2005), New Theories of the Political (2006), Unstable Universalities: Postmodernity… Continue Reading →

Daniel Steuer and Birgit Hofstaetter, New Directions in Critical Theory

11th Oct 2011 6:30pm Dangerous Ideas challenges engaged intellectuals to think though the extraordinary changes of the past decade. It is an opportunity to explore what engaged critique means for a newly politicised student community, and for a society experiencing… Continue Reading →

Nina Power, The Politics of Protest

6.30pm, 22 November 2011 This paper will examine the status and uses of the crackdown on protest in the UK in recent months. It will examine the ways in which collective subjects are punished by a judiciary that are keen… Continue Reading →

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