[SydPhil] [Philosophy at UWS seminar] Encountering the Author: 21 May 2014

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Fri May 9 13:46:59 AEST 2014

Philosophy at UWS and the Writing and Society Research Centre are organising an "Encountering the Author" seminar on Dimitris Vardoulakis' book Sovereignty and its Other

[cid:image004.jpg at 01CF6B8D.262E19F0]Date: Wednesday 21 May
Time: 3.30 to 5.00 pm
Location: Bankstown Campus, Building 3, room 3.G.27
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Commenters are:
Charles Barbour, Charlotte Epstein, Jenny Lloyd
In Sovereignty and its Other, Dimitris Vardoulakis starts by asking whether an opposite to sovereignty can be thought.
To answer this question, Vardoulakis explores how violence is justified. Justification is presented as constitutive of the operation of sovereignty. Vardoulakis analyses three specific forms of justification, corresponding to three different ways of conceiving sovereignty.
But justification is confined to giving reasons for certain actions - it is confined to the operation of rationality. Perhaps, the opposite of sovereignty is nothing else but what remains in excess of rationality. This is not irrationality, but whatever cannot fit within various forms of justification. It is the various modalities of living, which cannot be accounted for logically because they pertain to how people are affected by others and by their environment.
Given this distinction, Vardoulakis contends that the crucial question for sovereignty is: What is the relation between the forms of justification, and the different forms of living which are incommensurable with reason? What is the relation between sovereignty and its other? His answer adumbrates both a theory of resistance to constituted power, and a conception of agonistic democracy.

Dimitris Vardoulakis is the chair of the Philosophy at UWS. He is the director of the lecture series "Thinking out Loud: The Sydney Lectures in Philosophy and Society" (which is also published by Fordham University Press), and the co-editor of the book series "Incitements" (Edinburgh University Press). His books include, the monographs: The Doppelgänger: Literature's Philosophy (Fordham UP, 2010) and Sovereignty and its Other: Toward the Dejustification of Violence (Fordham UP, 2013) and the edited collections Spinoza Now (U of Minnesota P, 2011), The Politics of Nothing: on Sovereignty (Routledge, 2013) and "Sparks will fly": Walter Benjamin and Martin Heidegger (SUNY, 2014). His book Stasis: On Agonistic Democracy is forthcoming by Fordham University Press in 2015.

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Best Regards,

Siobhain O'Leary
Administration Coordinator, Philosophy Research Initiative
University of Western Sydney
Bankstown Campus Building 5
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751
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