Workshop: Collectives in Contemporary French Thought

Country: Australia

City: Burwood

Abstr. due: 01.09.2014

Dates: 14.11.14 — 14.11.14

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology;

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Organizers: Deakin University, Burwood Campus


In recent years, philosophers working in the Anglo-American tradition have paid a significant amount of attention to groups. Particular areas of focus have included collective intentionality, the ontology of collective action, and collective responsibility. On the other hand, while not necessarily sharing the same concerns, French philosophical thought in the 20th and 21st centuries has seen the proliferation of a number of novel ways of thinking about groups and other collective phenomena: Lacan's work on the 'big Other'; Sartre's analysis of the formation and structure of groups in the Critique of Dialectical Reason; Simondon's work on psychic and collective individuation; Deleuze's and Guattari's thinking about the relation between 'collective assemblages of enunciation' and 'machinic assemblages of bodies'; Badiou's (but also Rancière's) work on collective political subjects, and so on.

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