Science and Truth: the legacy of the Cahiers pour l'Analyse

Friday, June 10, 2016 11:00 - 13:00

'Science and Truth: the legacy of the Cahiers pour l'Analyse' is a masterclass for current graduate students examining the most ambitious and radical collective project to emerge from French structuralism, and is presented as part of the conference 1966 and All That.

Alain Badiou’s essay "Mark and Lack," and Jacques-Alain Miller’s "Suture” and "Action of the Structure," are fundamental texts of the Cahiers pour l’Analyse, and among the better known. Attendees not yet familiar with them are advised to read them prior to the masterclass. Brief summaries of the arguments contained in them will be delivered at the outset as part of a general summary of the CpA project.

However, the main focus of the masterclass will be on the following three articles:

- Jean-Claude Milner, "Point of the Signifier"
- Alain Grosrichard, "An Eighteenth Century Psychological Experiment" (Including Appendix by Mérian)
- François Regnault, "Dialectic of Epistemologies"

All five articles are available to download. Attendees not familiar with Plato's Sophist or Parmenides may want to consult summaries of these dialogues prior to engaging with Milner and Regnault (respectively.) We will struggle with these texts together in an attempt to affirm the proposition that the legacy of the Cahiers pour l'Analyse is hardly exhausted by the disagreement between Miller and Badiou. More specifically, we will join the young normaliens in their effort to develop a plausible account of what it means to know.

Admission is free. Registration is required.

Knox Peden is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy at the Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 2009, where he specialized in modern European intellectual history. From 2011 to 2014 he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland. He is the co-editor of the first systematic presentation and assessment of the groundbreaking journal the Cahiers pour l’Analyse (1966-69), in the two-volume work Concept and Form (Verso, 2012). His first book Spinoza Contra Phenomenology (Stanford, 2014) is an account of the resurgence of enthusiasm for Spinoza’s philosophy in twentieth-century France. At present, he is completing a survey titled French Philosophy Today: A Historical Introduction, which Bloomsbury will publish in 2016. His DECRA research considers the historical relationship between secularism and philosophy by way of a comparative investigation of several “Spinoza Controversies” from the early modern period to the present.


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