Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7 pm
Philosophy's Emptiness

Lecture by Nina Power (London) as part of the series "What is Philosophy?"

When we ask what philosophy is, we have to ask what it is not. Alain Badiou proposes that philosophy has no truth of its own, that it should instead seek to shelter and protect the truth generated by four conditions — art, science, politics and love. But why should philosophy have even this role? Does philosophy’s strength lie in its absolutely generic nature, and are all attempts to make it critical, hermeneutic, foundational and so on doomed to (positive) failure?

Nina Power is a senior lecturer in philosophy at Roehampton University. She has written widely on politics, film, philosophy and, most recently, police and protesting. Her articles have been published in various magazines such as
New Statesman, New Left Review, Cabinet and Radical Philosophy. Selected publications: Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Women (London: Verso, 2010); One-Dimensional Woman (Hampshire: Zero Books, 2009).

In English language

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