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HSE Philosophy Colloquium
International Conference Modes of Thinking, Ways of Speaking (April 2017)
Edited by: A. F. Filippov, N. Farkhatdinov.
Higher School of Economics, National Research University, 2020.
Filippov A. F., Farkhatdinov N.
Russian Sociological Review. 2020. Vol. 19. No. 4. P. 7-13.
In bk.: History of Universities. Iss. XXXIII/2. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. Ch. 2. P. 36-56.
Humanities. HUM. Basic Research Programme, 2020
Prof. Cohen is one of the leading philosophers in France today. Among his best-known publications are the books: Le spectre juif de Hegel (2005), Le sacrifice de Hegel (2007), Alternances de la métaphysique. Essais sur E. Lévinas (2009), The Husserl Dictionary (2012). Recent articles include: “Jacques Derrida—Judeities” (2016), “Heidegger. On the Possibility of Sacrifice” (2014), “Logos—Aletheia—Philein” (2014), “The Event of a Reading: Hegel ‘with’ Derrida” (2012). In 2012, Prof. Cohen was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government for his contributions to philosophy.
Abstract:“The desert is growing,” says Zarathustra. We shall consider this phrase by asking the question: What does the genealogical view discover and unravel, when it turns its scrutiny and lucidity towards the prevailing and supposedly “highest” values? It finds these consumed in nihilism. This word indeed harbors a plurality of meanings—and our reading will concentrate on two of them. First, nihilism designates the historical situation in which all the “highest” values are rendered null and void. Second, it marks theunfolding and internal logic of our contemporaneity which, in this sense, has been evolving since Plato—so nihilism corresponds to the very humanity of humankind. Far from seeking to eliminate nihilism, our approach will seek to develop, from this “most alarming of all guests,” the possibility of a knowledge and an ethics. Drawing on Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas and Derrida, our task will be to think and act through our nihilism and bring forth the possibility, if any, of its promise.
Prof. Cohen’s presentation at the Faculty of Humanities is open to all who wish to attend. The meeting will be held at the Faculty of Humanities (Ulitsa Staraya Basmannaya 21/4) room #A-408. The working language is English. Participants from outside the university wishing to attend should please write to Daria Drozdova (firstname.lastname@example.org).