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February 27 2014


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This is a lecture from February 9th delivered to an Honors Introduction to Philosophy class. The lecture is on humanism/existentialism and the absurdity of life." name="DESCRIPTION http://maxeoa.podomatic.com/entry/2012-02-11T20_44_47-08_00

February 06 2014


Ernesto Laclau – Masterclass – Three Routes, One Argument: Heidegger, Lacan, Gramsci | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Event Date: 4 February 2014 Room B26 Birkbeck Main Building Birkbeck, University of London Malet Street London WC1E 7HX The Birkbeck Institute for the http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2014/02/ernesto-laclau-masterclass-three-routes-one-argument-heidegger-lacan-gramsci/

February 04 2014


Ernesto Laclau – Masterclass – The Discursive Construction of Social Antagonisms | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Event Date: 31 January 2014 Room B01 Clore Management Centre Birkbeck, University of London Malet Street London WC1E 7HX The Birkbeck Institute for the http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2014/01/ernesto-laclau-masterclass-the-discursive-construction-of-social-antagonisms/

February 02 2014


Consciousness Talk by Eric Schwitzgebel

If you’re a materialist, you probably think that rabbits are conscious. And you ought to think that. After all, rabbits are a lot like us, biologically and neurophysiologically. If you’re a materialist, you probably also think that conscious experience would be present in a wide range of alien beings behaviorally very similar to us even if they are physiologically very different. And you ought to think that. After all, to deny it seems insupportable Earthly chauvinism. But a materialist who accepts consciousness in weirdly formed aliens ought also to accept consciousness in spatially distributed group entities. If she then also accepts rabbit consciousness, she ought to accept the possibility of consciousness even in rather dumb group entities. Finally, the United States would seem to be a rather dumb group entity of the relevant sort. If we set aside our morphological prejudices against spatially distributed group entities, we can see that the United States has all the types of properties that materialists tend to regard as characteristic of conscious beings.

January 28 2014


Robert B. Pippin – The Significance Of Self-Consciousness in Idealist Theories Of Logic | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Event Date: 27 January 2014 Room 22/26 Senate House University of London London WC1E 7HU The Aristotelian Society presents: Professor Robert B. Pippin http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2014/01/robert-b-pippin-the-significance-of-self-consciousness-in-idealist-theories-of-logic/

January 21 2014


Michael Huemer: The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey

The philosopher Robert Nozick once claimed that the most basic question of Political Philosophy is “Why not Anarchy?” Political philosophers pose this question often with the intent of demonstrating that there is indeed a good philosophical reason why governments should exist. Indeed, we often simply take for granted that the state and its vast coercive apparatus is morally justified. Similarly, we tend to think that anarchy is both a practically untenable and morally undesirable mode of social association. But governments claim not only power but authority over their citizens. And a few moments of reflection on the idea of authority suffices to see how curious an idea it is. To have authority is to have a right to create moral obligations in others simply by issuing commands, and a corresponding right to coerce compliance when others fail to obey one’s commands. It seems a puzzling phenomenon: The government claim to be able to make it the case that you’re morally required to do something simply in virtue of the fact that it has told you to do it. And they claim the moral right to imprison you for failing to do what they say. In The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), Michael Huemer explores this puzzling phenomenon, and defends the conclusion that in fact there is no such thing as political authority.

January 17 2014


Tina Chanter – Ranciere, Politics and Art | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

      Event Date: 16 January 2014 Room JG 5002 Kingston University Penrhyn Road Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE The Centre http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2014/01/tina-chanter-ranciere-politics-and-art/

January 14 2014


Nicholas Shea – Exploited Isomorphism And Structural Representation | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Event Date: 13 January 2014 Room 22/26 Senate House University of London London WC1E 7HU The Aristotelian Society presents: Dr Nicholas Shea (KCL) - http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2014/01/nicholas-shea-exploited-isomorphism-and-structural-representation/

November 26 2013


Slavoj Žižek – Economy: The Vicious Cycle of Capitalist Reproduction | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Event Date: 25 November 2013 Room B01 Clore Management Centre Birkbeck, University of London Malet Street London WC1E 7HX The Birkbeck Institute for the http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2013/11/slavoj-zizek-economy-the-vicious-cycle-of-capitalist-reproduction/

November 23 2013


Fifty years of Dr Who - The Science Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Dr Who has been on television for fifty years. Professor of philosophy Andrew Brennan tells a tale which raises interesting questions regarding the Doctor. Taking into account the fascinating scenarios made possible by travels in space and time, Andrew Brennan asks where Dr Who came from. Could there really be an Australian connection? Guests: Andrew Brennan, Professor of Philosophy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), La Trobe University, Melbourne VIC http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/fifty-years-of-dr-who/5111818

October 16 2013


On Manners by Karen Stohr

In On Manners (Routledge, 2011), Karen Stohr examines the morally complex world of etiquette. She maintains that rules of etiquette and manners are expressions of deeper moral principles. Considering a broad range of kinds of social contexts, Stohr develops a compelling account of the nature and philosophical significance of having good manners.
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August 24 2013


The Shrink & The Sage Meet John Sellars

To coincide with the publication of The Shrink and The Sage, Julian Baggini and Antonia Macaro, authors of the book and the FT Weekend Magazine column of the same name, talk to philosopher John Sellars about the relationship between ancient Stoic philosophy and modern psychotherapy.

August 05 2013


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The guest this week is a university lecturer, a poet, and my co-host on Pop the Left. I tapped C Derick Varn to come on so we could discuss the recent Chomsky/Zizek feud. For those of you who haven't been following the debate let me expose you to it: Noam Chomsky on Zizek: What you’re referring to is what’s called “theory.” And when I said I’m not interested in theory, what I meant is, I’m not interested in posturing–using fancy terms like polysyllables and pretending you have a theory when you have no theory whatsoever. So there’s no theory in any of this stuff, not in the sense of theory that anyone is familiar with in the sciences or any other serious field. Try to find in all of the work you mentioned some principles from which you can deduce conclusions, empirically testable propositions where it all goes beyond the level of something you can explain in five minutes to a twelve-year-old. See if you can find that when the fancy words are decoded. I can’t. So I’m not interested in th" name="DESCRIPTION http://dietsoap.podomatic.com/entry/2013-07-31T14_38_29-07_00

July 18 2013


Das Spiel des Lebens Frank Schirrmacher und Ranga Yogeshwar im Gespräch bei der Philcologne

Eigentlich wollten Ranga Yogeshwar und Frank Schirrmacher ja über ihre aktuellen Bücher diskutieren. "Das Spiel des Lebens - unsere Zukunft zwischen Ego und Nachhaltigkeit", so hieß die Veranstaltung, die im Rahmen der ersten Philcologne stattfand. Aber die aktuellen Ereignisse rund um die NSA-Abhöraffäre warfen den geplanten Ablauf des Gesprächs gehörig durcheinander. Frank Schirrmacher, Herausgeber der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung, ist einer der pointiertesten Beobachter der Folgen der Digitalisierung der Gesellschaft. In seinem Ärger über den – wie er sagte - "Hausfriedensbruch", den der amerikanische Geheimdienst begeht, war er sich mit dem WDR-Wissenschaftsexperten Ranga Yogeshwar einig. Das Ergebnis war eine politische Diskussion, die letztlich auch grundlegende philosophische Fragen aufwarf: Wer bestimmt, was wir wünschen, fühlen und denken? Ausschnitte einer Veranstaltung der Philcologne vom 27. Juni 2013 Redaktion: Petra Brandl-Kirsch
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London Critical Theory Summer School 2013 – Friday Debate II

An invitation to come along and listen to a discussion and debate with academics teaching on the second week of the London Critical Theory Summer School 2013. Speakers: Stephen Frosh, Esther Leslie, Laura Mulvey & Slavoj Zizek Chair: Costas Douzinas

July 16 2013


A Portrait of the Artist as a Spiritual Man: Judaism and Aesthetics: Daniel Fridman

Aesthetics is a major field of inquiry in current and classical general philosophy. What is the role of aesthetics in Jewish thought and life? This lecture presents an analysis of this question.
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