Geoffrey Bennington. Political Animals. 2011 Video

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Description: Geoffrey Bennington talking about Aristotle's Politics, logos as what makes man as political animals, Jean-François Lyotard, animality, the human against the animal, logocentrism, sovereignty, political philosophy, Girard Sfez's account of Lyotard -- the eclipse of the political in Lyotard's Le Differend, linkage of phrases, the unstable state of language, idioms, Lyotard's The Inhuman, and his turning away from politics to écriture -- the inhuman as the metaphysics of development, globalization, the inhuman as animality, affect, The inarticulate of the differend itself, the game of language games as a supplement of the differend, the affect phrase as affect itself as phrase or sentence, inarticulacy, articulated language, Aristotle's "Man is by nature a political animal...", ancient grammarians, logos as articulated speech, phoné, the Aristotelian sense of politics grounded in logos and not in phoné, the possibility of the differend and the possibility of the resistance to globalization; Thomas Hobbes on Aristotle, The Leviathan, the commonwealth, non-human political animals, The Elements of Law, Di Cive (The Citizen), civil war in The Leviathan, man's use of language to exaggerate or invert good and evil, sedition, the unifying and coercive sovereignty, dissension through reason, logos opening the possibility of politics, stasis as civil war, democracy as an aristocracy of orators; Jean-Louis Labarrière on Hobbes, the rhetorical drift of language, doxa (opinion) as the basis of rhetoric, politics as already eclipsed by politics, rhetoric as the basis of politics, politics of politics as the death of politics, Labarrière's reading of Aristotle's Politics, enthymemes, moral talk as rhetoric, contemporary political discourse and rhetorical hyper-moralism; Heidegger's reading of Aristotle's Rhetoric; politics as its own ruin.

Public open lecture for the students and staff of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2011 Geoffrey Bennington.

Geoffrey Bennington (born 1956) is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of French and Professor of Comparative Literature, Emory University, Professor of Philosophy at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, as well as a member of the International College of Philosophy. He is a literary critic and philosopher, best known as an expert on deconstruction and the works of Jacques Derrida and Jean-François Lyotard. He received his B.A., M.A., and D.Phil. from Oxford University and has translated many of Derrida's works into English.

He co-wrote the book Jacques Derrida with Derrida. Bennington's contribution, "Derridabase", is an attempt to provide a comprehensive explication of Derrida's work. "Derridabase" appears on the upper two-thirds of the book's pages, while Derrida's contribution, "Circumfession", is written on the lower third of each page. Derrida's "Circumfession" is, among other things, intended to show how Derrida's work exceeds Bennington's explication. Many of Bennington's essays on Derrida collected in Legislations, Interrupting Derrida, and Not Half No End, have criticized explanations of Derrida's work attempted by other scholars. Bennington has also written two monographs on Lyotard, Writing the Event and Late Lyotard, and has also written extensively on Rousseau and Kant, developing original accounts of the "paradox of the legislator" in the former and "interrupted teleology" in the latter. He is currently writing a deconstructive account of political philosophy.

He has translated a number of works by Derrida and others, and is General Editor (with Peggy Kamuf) of the English translations of Derrida's posthumously published seminars.
Duration: 1 Hour, 22 Minute, 27 Second
Rating: 5 - Excellent
Definition: SD
Published: 6 Years Ago

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