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Materialism Today

Alain Badiou & Slavoj Zizek are taking part in a 2 day conference organised by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. 22nd & 23rd June, Room B34 Birkbeck College, Malet St. London WC1.

World-renowned philosophers and public intellectuals, Alain Badiou and Professor Slavoj Zizek are taking part in a 2 day conference, Materialsm Today. 2008 will be the centenary of Lenin's "Materialism and Empiriocriticism", the book which focused on the ongoing struggle between materialism and idealism. Where do we stand today with regard to this struggle? Many theories claim to be materialist: scientific materialism (Darwinism, brain sciences), "discursive" materialism (ideology as the result of material discursive practices), what Alain Badiou calls "democratic materialism" (the spontaneous egalitarian hedonism), even attempts at "materialist theology". And there are spiritualist tendencies: so-called "post-secular" thought (Derrida, Levinas), neo-Bergsonism (Deleuze, for some), not to mention the obvious cases, up to New Age spirituality.

The aim is to clarify the coordinates of this struggle, with Alain Badiou’s new masterpiece Logiques des Mondes as the central point of reference.

Contributors will include: Alain Badiou, Slavoj Zizek, John Milbank, Mladen Dolar, Peter Hallward, Bruno Bosteels, Creston Davis, Glyn Daly, Adrian Johnston, Robert Pfaller and Ali Alizadeh


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Date and Time:

22 June 2007 at 10:00 am


Full Day



Birkbeck College
Malet Street

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Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities
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£70 and £30 Students

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Registration, tickets and further details can be found on the website www.http://bbk.ac.uk/bih/

Additional Information:

The conference takes place over two days 22nd and 23rd June. For more information please email j.eisner@bbk.ac.uk

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