[SydPhil] HPS Seminar - Prof Andrea Le Moli University of Palermo "Overcoming postmodernity? Reconsidering Animal Life."
debbie.castle at sydney.edu.au
Fri May 6 13:27:53 AEST 2016
A reminder of next Monday’s Seminar :
THE UNIT FOR HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES
SEMESTER ONE 2016
MONDAY 9th May, 2016
“Overcoming postmodernity? Reconsidering
Prof Andrea Le Moli
Professor of Philosophy
Department of Humanities
University of Palermo
The talk will approach the question of language as crucial for the difference between human and non-human animals in the scenario cast by contemporary continental philosophy and usethis and other topics as a chance to take some general considerations on postmodernity into account, the latter intended as the historical condition in which we are supposed to live. Postmodernity can be defined as the age in which all the so-called "big-picture" narrations, as far as they are grounded insome metaphysical theory, are declared to be finished. The age in which human speech has been set free from any reference to a unitary framework and a metaphysical Truth (with a capital "T") and thus assigned to pluralism and tolerance. Perspectivism and pluralism in the theory of knowledge has led to a new communicative dimension in which anyone has the right to propose - and eventually submit to a discussion ruled by looser criteria - his version of things. The world opened by postmodenity is intended to be a richer one, a world in which anyone can talk and claim a role in the "global conversation" which is supposed to replace traditional metaphysics and philosophy in general.
But had the thoughts of postmodernity ever included a consideration of the way in which life-forms other than human are determined by language and communication? Could it under this respect be the continental approach to postmodernism only a revised version of the very same humanism and anthropocentrism it intended to criticise? The talk will be focused on the relationship between continental approach to postmodernity and the language philosophies of Jacques Lacan, Emmanuel Levinas, Martin Heidegger and Jacques Derrida. Also some new tendencies in contemporary treatment of animal life as Post-humanism, Animality Studies and Philosophies of Animality will be introduced and discussed under this respect.
DATE: Monday 9th May 2016
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