Sunday, October 30, 2011, 7 pm
Philosophy of the Subject

Lecture by Marcus Steinweg (Berlin) as part of the series “What is Philosophy?’’

Within the subject, the dimensions of a radical passivity traverse those of a hyperbolic activity. The subject is the site of this intersection. Translated into ontological categories, this means the subject is the place where the future intervenes into the past and the past determines the future. Intervention and determination are strictly compossible, however much they seem to exclude one another. It could also be said that the subject may be impossible (as a subject full of autonomy and self-transparency, etc.) but that it claims a certain subject status within this impossibility. Because what is the subject if not the relation to its own impossibility?

Marcus Steinweg (b. 1971) is a Berlin-based freelance philosopher and author. He studied philosophy, German literature, and classics. He currently teaches at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig. He is coeditor of the magazine
Inaesthetics, which discusses the relation between art and philosophy. Selected publications: MAPS (together with Thomas Hirschhorn, Berlin: Merve, 2011); Aporien der Liebe (Berlin: Merve, 2010); Politik des Subjekts (Zurich: Diaphanes, 2009); Der Ozeanomat: Ereignis und Immanenz (Cologne: Salon, 2002); Krieg der différance (Koblenz: Dietmar Fölbach, 2001).

In German language

The complete series
What is Philosophy? is documented in a DVD-set and available at n.b.k.