Peter Szendy: Kant in the Land of the Extraterrestrials: Cosmetics and Cosmopolitics

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Peter Szendy: Kant in the Land of the Extraterrestrials: Cosmetics and Cosmopolitics

Time: October 8, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: La Maison Française of NYU
Street: 16 Washington Mews (at University Place)
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://www.nyu.edu/maisonfran…
Phone: 2129988752
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: La Maison Française of NYU
Latest Activity: Sep 3, 2013

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Tuesday, October 8th, 7:00 p.m.

New French Philosophy

“… as though capitalism were riding a vector taking it to the moon,” Deleuze and Guattari wrote in A Thousand Plateaus. A phrase echoed by Lyotard, when he declared that “the general perspective of techno-scientific development […] is aimed at the emigration of humankind from the earth”.

This is neither cheap sci-fi nor naïve prophecy. Letting our interplanetary tour be guided by excerpts from Alien and The Twilight Zone, we will sound out the extraterrestrial dimension that is inherent to cosmopolitics since Kant gave it its modern turn. And what will we find out there, in outer space? Very likely the resonances of Benjamin’s comment on Blanqui’s cosmology: “The thought of eternal recurrence makes a mass article out of historical occurrence itself.”

Peter Szendy
Philosopher, musicologist, Université de Paris X Nanterre; author of Ecoute, une histoire de nos oreillesSur écoute. Esthétique de l’espionnageKant chez les extraterrestres; L’apocalypse-cinéma

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