Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7 pm
Philosophy and the Concept

Lecture by Ray Brassier (Beirut) as part of the series "What is Philosophy?"

Conceptual thought is not the prerogative of philosophy, yet philosophy can be credited with inventing the concept of the concept. What distinguishes philosophy from other theoretical disciplines is its attempt to render explicit the conceptual logic implicit in theorization. Another name for philosophy’s explicitation of conceptual logic is dialectics, understood as the attempt to track the ever-shifting boundary between the order of the concept and the order of reality.

Ray Brassier (b. 1965) lives in London and Beirut. He is a professor of philosophy at the American University of Beirut. Previously he was a research scholar at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University, London. His writings deal with different aspects of contemporary philosophy, drawing on Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze, among others. Selected publications: “Badiou and Science,” in A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens (eds.),
Alain Badiou: Key Concepts (Chesholm: Acumen, 2010); Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Alain Badiou: Theoretical Writings (with Alberto Toscano, London: Continuum, 2004).

In English language

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