[SydPhil] Jon Roffe @ UNSW Philosophy seminar, 18 October

Markos Valaris m.valaris at unsw.edu.au
Thu Oct 6 11:40:21 AEDT 2016

All are invited to Jon Roffe's presentation at the Philosophy Seminar at UNSW.

Title: Money and Mnemotechnics

Abstract: It is broadly agreed that money plays three key roles: as a means of exchange, a store of value, and a unit of account. Depending on a variety of other presuppositions, however, which of these functions is primary (historically, functionally, and logically) differs a great deal. The goal of this paper is to consider a necessary condition for any use of money that is rarely the object of economic thought, namely the form of social memory in which the inscription of monetary activity is inscribed. The importance of this condition is particularly prominent in new digital forms of currency, such as Bitcoin, and the blockchain protocol that it makes use of. I will consider this problematic in light of Nietzsche's analysis of memory in the second Essay of the Genealogy of Morals, which outlines the nature and advent of social memory through just such an act of inscription.

Venue: Morven Brown 209

Date and Time: Tuesday 18 October 12:30-2:00

Markos Valaris
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
Associate Editor, Australasian Journal of Philosophy
School of Humanities and Languages
University of New South Wales
Phone: +(61) 2 9385 2760 (office)

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