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Thinking in a Time of Terror Featuring Professor Marc Crépon from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris September 7

Posted by Tim on August 30, 2016 in Event, Networking, Workshops

Thinking in a Time of Terror
Marc Crépon from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
1:30 p.m.
107 Capen Hall (Colloquium Room) Light refreshments will be served.

The repetition of attacks in Paris, Nice, Brussels and pretty much everywhere in the world attests to a compulsive excess of such incidents. We will start with this repetition to propose a philosophical analysis, investigating some of the questions that have caused, in the last months, a controversy, in particular the following ones: “Is explaining the same as justifying?,” but also “Do these attacks have a theological and political dimension?”; “Is this a new war of religions or of cultures?” We will start, however, with the analyses proposed by Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida after the 9/11 attacks.

Marc Crépon is Professor of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. He is also Director of Research at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique. He lectures all over the world, most recently in Chile, Germany, and the United States (at Harvard, Washington University in St. Louis, at the WWI Memorial and Museum in Kansas City, MO, and in Houston, TX, among other places). He has been Visiting Professor in Comparative Literature and German at Northwestern University. Beginning in the spring 2016, he will be Visiting Professor of the Humanities at the University of California—Irvine where he will teach for approximately 8-10 weeks annually. Since 1996 Professor Crépon has published fifteen books: Les Géographies de l’esprit (Payot 1996), Le Malin genie des langues (Vrin 2000), Les Promesses du langage : Benjamin, Rosenzweig, Heidegger (Vrin 2001), L’Imposture du choc des civilisations (Pleins Feux 2002), Nietzsche : L’art de la politique de l’avenir (PUF 2003), Terreur et poésie (Galilée 2004), Langues sans demeure (Galilée 2005), Altérités de l’Europe (Galilée 2006), De la démocratie participative : Fondements et limites (with Bernard Steigler) (Mille et Une Nuits 2007), La Culture de la peur : Démocratie, identité, sécurité (Galilée 2008), Vivre avec, la pensée de la mort et la mémoire des guerres (Hermann 2008), La Guerre des civilisations (Galilée 2010), Le Consentement meurtrier (Le Cerf 2012), Élections : De la démophobie (Hermann 2012), and La vocation de l’écriture : La littérature et la philosophie à l’épreuve de la violence (Odile Jacob 2014). In addition, with Frédéric Worms, he co-edited Derrida, La tradition de la philosophie (Galilée 2008). His research concerns the relation between language, culture, and violence. He has written on education, democracy, state security, the “thought of death” and the memory of war, on the idea of Europe and its constitutive relation to alterity. His disciplinary interests extend from philosophy (German and French of the 19th and 20th centuries) and literature (French, German, and Russian, 19th-20th centuries) to history, politics, and sociology. Vivre avec, which has recently appeared in an English translation as The Thought of Death and the Memory of War (Minnesota 2013), concerns the aftermath of WWI and its inheritance in 20th-century European philosophy from Freud and Heidegger, to Sartre, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, Potocka, and Derrida. In his “forward” to the English translation, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Eugenio Donato Professor of Comparative Literature Rodolphe Gasché calls the book a “profound meditation on what constitutes evil and a rigorous and illuminating reflection on death, community, and world.” In the broadest sense, Crépon’s work frets the violence of language and the ways in which both literature and philosophy struggle—against a homogenizing language—to inscribe in the world the singularity of the idiom. Both Le Consentement Meurtrier and La Vocation de l’écriture are being translated into English. Crépon is currently at work on the problem of hatred and the possibility of a politics (in figures such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela) that refuses it. CR: The New Centennial Review plans a special issue devoted to Crépon’s work to be published in 2018. Simply put, Marc Crépon is one of the leading, younger (he was born in 1962) philosophers working in France. Crépon’s concerns—how cultures relate to one another, the violence of language, the impossibility of not sanctioning murder—are compelling and urgent.