Department of Philosophy

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PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIUM SERIES

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2015

WATSON HALL, ROOM 517 @ 4:00 p.m.

Babette Babich (Fordham University)

 

Title:  “On the Creative Economics of Science and Art and Life: 

Nietzsche’s Critical Political Theory”

 

ABSTRACT

Where, in the schema of Nietzsche and the political, is the conjunction of Nietzsche and critical political theory to be found?  The short answer is seemingly nowhere: there are ‘left Nietzscheans’ but they are not involved in critical theory and there are ‘right Nietzscheans’ but they are similarly not involved in critical theory. Only Habermas has recognized the importance of knowledge/interests for understanding Nietzsche and the political apart, to be sure, from Alfred Schmidt and Reinhardt Mauer. Yet Habermas seeks to preserve rationality against interpretive threats entailing that Habermas excludes both Adorno and Horkheimer, both uniquely sympathetic to Nietzsche’s critique of reason and politics. In consequence, Nietzsche has in the current Frankfurt school seemingly no presence at all. Seeking a remedy, this essay examines claims of political and epistemological correctness in the context of the return of the association of Nietzsche with the radical political movements as well as Nietzsche’s critique of the claims of equality and socialism, read in connection with Luce Irigaray’s notion of democracy together with Nietzsche’s critique of Rousseau and his praise of Goethe. 

 

EVERYONE WELCOME

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