ECT seminar Winter 2009: The Human

UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory
Pilot Seminar
Winter-Spring 2009 Thursdays, 3-6
Humanities 348

First Quarter: The Human

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1. Jan. 8 Introduction: The Human, between Abraham and Antigone
Genesis 12 – 23; Sophocles, Antigone
Suggested other readings:
On Abraham: Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling; Lacan, Introduction to the Names-of-the-Father Seminar ; Derrida, Abraham, the Other ;
On Antigone: Kierkegaard, The Tragic in Ancient Drama Reflected in the Tragic in Modern Drama ; Heidegger, An Introduction to Metaphysics, Ch. 4 “The Limitation of Being”: Section 3, Being and Thinking ; Lacan, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, Chs. 19-21: The Essence of Tragedy

2. Jan. 15 John McCumber on Plato’s Phaedrus
Plato, Phaedrus

Jan. 20 Barbara Cassin lecture, “Some Ways and Manners of Doing Things with Words” (6:00, Royce 314)

3. Jan. 22 Barbara Cassin, “Who is Human? Logos, Meaning, and Relativism”
Parmenides, On Nature, fr I-VIII ; Gorgias, The Praise of Helen ; Treatise on non-being ; Aristotle, Metaphysics book Gamma (IV) part one part two ; J.L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words; Barbara Cassin, Speak if you are a man ; Who’s afraid of the sophists? ; Politics of memory-On treatments of hate ; From Organism to Picnic-which consensus for which city?


Lacan, L’etourdit (in particular, we will discuss pages 28-32)

Excerpts from Aristotle, Metaphysics and Politics

Freud, Excerpts from The Unconscious

Lacan, Excerpts from Seminar IV
(in French; don’t worry if you don’t read French, just print out and bring to seminar)

4. Jan. 29 Eleanor Kaufman, Jason Smith, Ken Reinhard on Badiou Alain Badiou, The Adventure of French Philosophy Alain Badiou, Logics of Worlds (Book One, “Formal Theory of the Subject” part one part two part three part four ; Conclusion, What is it to Live? )
Jan 29 Lecture by Alain Badiou: “Toward a New Signification of the Sartrean Idea of ‘Engaged Artist’” (Cal Arts 7:00 pm) POSTPONED MORE INFO TO COME

Feb 3 Lecture by Alain Badiou: “Negation and Formalization in the Avant-gardes of the 20th Century” (Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, 7:30

Feb. 4 Lecture by Alain Badiou: “Life and Immortality: Body-of-Truth and Incorporation” (5:00, Royce 314, UCLA)

5. Feb. 5 Alain Badiou, “Second Manifesto for Philosophy” Alain Badiou, Manifesto for Philosophy

Feb. 6 Lecture by Alain Badiou: “Toward a New Signification of the Sartrean Idea of ‘Engaged Artist’” (Cal Arts; 6:00 pm in room F200)

Feb. 7 Lecture by Alain Badiou: “Can the Word ‘Jew’ be a Philosophical Concept?” (3:00 135 Humanities Instructional Building, UC Irvine) more information

6. Feb. 12 Ali Behdad Edward Said, Humanism and Democratic Criticism, selections Gayatri Spivak, Death of a Discipline, selectionsFeb. 18 Ronald Judy lecture: “Reading Scenes in New World Literature in the Direction of Humanitas” (5:00, Royce 306)

7. Feb. 19 Ronald Judy Erich Auerbach, Philology and Weltliteratur Leo Spitzer, Linguistics and Literary History (in Linguistics and Literary History: Essays in Stylistics); Christopher Prendergast, The World Republic of Letters (in Debating World Literature) Suggested other readings: Dark Princess by W.E.B. Du Bois; Banjo by Claude McKay; Chambacú: Black Slum by Manuel Zapata Olivella; The Noodle Maker by Ma Jian; The Bleeding of the Stone by Ibrahim al-Koni

8. Feb. 26 Ken Reinhard Immanuel Kant: Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View Martin Heidegger, Letter on Humanism ; The Age of the World Picture Suggested other readings: Kant , Critique of Pure Reason, Part II : “Theory of transcendent method,” Chapters II (“Canon of Pure reason”) and III (“Architectonic of Pure Reason”); Heidegger , Being and Time, sections 9 to 14, and 19 to 21; Heidegger, Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics, section IV (Conclusion, on the “repetition of the foundation of metaphysics”)]

9. March 5 Etienne Balibar, “Philosophical Anthropology: Critique and Return” Etienne Balibar, Citizen Subject ; The Subject (from Vocabulaire Européen des Philosophies); Rights of Man Rights of the Citizen ; Possessive Individualism Reversed

10. March 12 Peter Lunenfeld, “Augmented Bodies and Techno-Aesthetic Affordances” Vannevar Bush, As We May Think (1945); Douglas Engelbart, Augmenting Human Intellect (1962); Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, “Personal Dynamic Media,” (1977) Part One Part Two Part Three ; Peter Lunenfeld, USER: InfoTechnoDemo (2005), selections: “Solitude Enhancement Machines,” “For Ever,” and “ Anthropomorphometric” Suggested other readings: Marshall Mcluhan, Understanding Media; Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto ; N. Katherine Hayles, How We Became Posthuman 1 2 3 4