Seminar Critical Free Thought and Multitude

Kadri, L. (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar


This seminar links up philosophical research topics from two major areas that share the concept of philosophy as critique: from (early) modern critical philosophy (i.a. Niccolò Machiavelli, Baruch Spinoza, Spinoza’s circle, freethinking, clandestine philosophy, radical Enlightenment) and contemporary radical-critical theory (i.a. Theodor W. Adorno; Giorgio Agamben; Hannah Arendt; Rudolf Boehm; Cornelius Castoriadis; Max Horkheimer; Antonio Negri; Paolo Virno). The focus is on the genealogy of current political concepts, the status of language and translation, the relation between art/creativity and society. In this starting three sessions, the concept of ‘multitude’ and the role of imagination in rationality/knowledge will be discussed through the reading of texts of Negri, Virno and Castoriadis. We start with an essay of Negri, ‘Concerning the concept of multitude’, in Spinoza: Then and Now (Polity Press, 2019, 47-58).

The research seminar is organized as a reading group. Participants will have to read texts (max. 20p.) and prepare in advance of every session. The texts will be provided well in advance, for the first session as soon as the registration is closed.

The seminar is organized by Prof. dr. S. Lavaert (ETHU).
Period20 Feb 2019
Event typeSeminar
LocationBrussels, Belgium
Degree of RecognitionLocal