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**CANCELLED** Public Lecture: Theorizing Italy - Encounters

This event has been cancelled. At this time, it has not been rescheduled.

"Toward a Political Ontology" Giacomo Marramao, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Philosophy
University of Rome III Dept. of Philosophy Communication and Performing Arts

A traditional approach to political ontology is the one based on the opposition between Aristotle’s and Hobbes’ respective conceptions regarding human beings. Whereas Aristotle asserts that human beings are political and social by nature, Hobbes affirms that they are by nature asocial and unpolitical. What would be the consequences though if one were to start from the confrontation not between Aristotle and Hobbes but rather between Aristotle and Machiavelli? What would emerge would be a political ontology geared toward joining two notions of politics that have been traditionally perceived as antithetical within western philosophy, namely politics as praxis (from Aristotle to Hannah Arendt) and politics as event, as timely intervention into the constellation of the present, as ability to grasp “the signs of the time” (from Machiavelli to Benjamin).

Recommended readings:

  • Kairós: Towards an Ontology of “Due” Time. Aurora CO: Davies Group Publishers, 2007
  • The Passage West. London-New York: Verso, 2012
  •  Against Power: For an Overhaul of Critical Theory. Lanham-Newark: John Cabot University Press–Rowman&Littlefield–University of Delaware Press, 2016
  • “Messianism without Delay: On the ‘Post-religious’ Political Theology of Walter Benjamin.” Click here for PDF.
  • “The World and the West Today: The Problem of a Global Public Sphere.” Click here for PDF 

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Sponsored by the CNY Humanities Corridor; University of Rochester, Departments of Modern Languages and Cultures, and Philosophy; RIT, College of Liberal Arts, Center for Statesmanship, Law and Liberty, and Department of Philosophy; University of Syracuse, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Cornell University, Department of Romance Studies.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Rush Rhees Library, Welles-Brown Room
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

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