October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Much has been said about “dialectics” in the context of leftist thinking about politics, yet often the conversation is often vague on the specifics of what is it that dialectics in thinking actually means? What is gained by deploying “dialectical thought”? To counter this tendency, we will trace specific articulations of dialectical movement in thought, with the aim of gaining a clearer understanding of the fundamental concepts, ideas and methods that relate to this mode of thinking.
Our focus is on building a grounding in thinking about everyday life that seeks (rather than avoids) contradictions, and is capable of surviving (as Hegel said) the tensions that arise within it.
Readings will begin with a discussion of sections from Aristotle’s “Prior Analytics” and “Categories”. We will then follow with a few excerpts from Hegel’s studies of logic, while making explicit Hegel’s conversation with Aristotle. We will conclude with a close reading of Soviet philosopher Evald Ilyenkov’s presentation of dialectical thinking, in the context of the thread running from Aristotle, through Hegel and Marx.
In cooperation with the Institute for the Radical Imagination
Bayard Rustin Education Complex, Rm 318351 West 18th St (8th & 9th Aves.) Manhattan - 10011
New York, New York 10011
Arto ArtinianArto Artinian is an associate professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College (City University of New York), where he teaches classes in political philosophy. He is а member of the editorial collective of the journal "Situations" (published by the Institute for the Radical Imagination, New York City), and the scientific secretary for international collaboration at the Institute for Critical Theories of Supermodernity in Sofia, Bulgaria ( http://icts.bg/en/ ). He splits his time and work between New York City and his native Bulgaria. Research interests: critical theory, contemporary philosophy, political philosophy, theories of computer and experimental music. Publications: - "Homo Datum - Emerging Outlines" (Sociological Problems, Sofia, Bulgaria, fall 2019) - "On Improvised Music, Computational Creativity, and Human-Becoming" (Leonardo Music Journal, 2017) - "Radical Currents in Soviet Philosophy: Lev Vygotsky and Evald Ilyenkov" (Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 31, 2017) - "Lenin Reloaded Again: A Critical Book Review of T. Krausz’s “Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography”" (Situations: Journal for the Radical Imagination, 2018).
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