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Meeting COMET Study Group – Contemporary Continental Metaphysics
16 June @ 15:00 - 17:00
One event on 30 June 2023 at 15:00
One event on 14 July 2023 at 15:00
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- 16 June
- 15:00 - 17:00
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- OZSW study group COMET – Metaphysics in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
COMET Study Group – Contemporary Continental Metaphysics
Serious interest in metaphysics has surged among continental philosophers since the turn of the millennium. There is now a rich and growing body of literature – often associated with labels such as Speculative Realism, New Materialism, and New Realism – dedicated to classical as well as new metaphysical questions. This study group aims to explore that literature, one book at a time.
## COMET III: Catherine Malabou – Ontology of the Accident: An Essay on Destructive Plasticity
Who: Researchers and (research) master students in philosophy or adjacent fields.
When: 15:00-17:00 on June 16, June 30, and July 14
Where: On campus at Radboud University, Nijmegen. Precise location is shared upon registration.
How: Each session discusses two of the six book sections, which participants read before convening.
Register by sending an email to arjen.kleinherenbrink [at] ru.nl. There is room for 14 participants (first come, first served)
Publisher’s blurb Ontology of the Accident:
In the usual order of things, lives run their course and eventually one becomes who one is. Bodily and psychic transformations do nothing but reinforce the permanence of identity. But as a result of serious trauma, or sometimes for no reason at all, a subject’s history splits and a new, unprecedented persona comes to live with the former person – an unrecognizable persona whose present comes from no past and whose future harbors nothing to come; an existential improvisation, a form born of the accident and by accident. Out of a deep cut opened in a biography, a new being comes into the world for a second time.
What is this form? A face? A psychological profile? What ontology can it account for, if ontology has always been attached to the essential, forever blind to the aléa of transformations? What history of being can the plastic power of destruction explain? What can it tell us about the explosive tendency of existence that secretly threatens each one of us? Continuing her reflections on destructive plasticity, split identities and the psychic consequences experienced by those who have suffered brain injury or have been traumatized by war and other catastrophes, Catherine Malabou invites us to join her in a philosophic and literary adventure in which Spinoza, Deleuze and Freud cross paths with Proust and Duras.
The COMET study group is convened by the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy (CCEP) at Radboud University.
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