[SydPhil] Reminder: Jon Roffe at UNSW Tuesday 18 October

Markos Valaris m.valaris at unsw.edu.au
Sun Oct 16 12:48:14 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: 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: social memory, such that it is the locus of the inscription of monetary activity, credits and debts. 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 presents an account of the nature and formation of such a memory in relation to the twinned notions of debt and guilt.

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
University of New South Wales
Phone: +(61) 2 9385 2760 (office)
Personal webpage: markosvalaris.net<http://www.markosvalaris.net/>

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