Monthly Archives: May 2013

(Audio) “Discognition”: A Lecture by Steven Shaviro

 

http://archive.org/details/DiscognitionALectureByStevenShaviro

(Audio) Speculative Criteria: A Conversation between Paul J. Ennis and Steven Shaviro

 

https://archive.org/details/ShaviroSpecCriteria230513

DUST presents two events with Steven Shaviro (23 + 24 May)

Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought presents:

Speculative Criteria: A Conversation Between Paul J. Ennis and Steven Shaviro

 

Thursday 23 May 2013, 6pm-8pm, Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

This conversation between Paul J. Ennis (co-founder of the Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought) and Steven Shaviro (Wayne State University, USA) will range over such topics as Whitehead’s process philosophy, panpsychism, Quentin Meillassoux’s thought, the films of Lars Von Trier, neurophilosophy, Kant’s critical aesthetics, Graham Harman and relations, correlationism, among others. This dialogue will not only provide a snapshot of Shaviro’s recent and current work but will also open up a number of important questions relating to speculative realism and continental thought more generally.

Steven Shaviro is the DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of The Cinematic Body (1993), Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction About Postmodernism (1997), Connected, Or, What It Means To Live in the Network Society (2003), Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics (2009), and Post-Cinematic Affect (2010). His work in progress involves studies of speculative realism, of post-continuity styles in contemporary cinema, of music videos, and of recent science fiction and horror fiction. He blogs at The Pinocchio Theory: http://www.shaviro.com/Blog

 

UCD Humanities Institute in association with the Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought presents:

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Discognition: A lecture by Steven Shaviro

Friday, 24 May 2013, 2 – 4 pm, Ardmore House, Belfield, UCD

Cognitivist and representationalist theories of mind continually find themselves confronted with elements that they can neither subsume nor exclude, but can only regard as supplemental. I argue that these supplemental elements are in fact the primordial forms of sentience, and that they are preconditions for — without being thereby reducible to — any sort of cognition or representation whatsoever. Organisms are affective before they are cognitive, because they are systems for accumulating and dissipating energy, before they are systems for processing information. Where cognitive science and philosophy of mind have tended to assume that affect serves cognition, we should rather see cognition as a belated and occasional consequence of a more basic affectivity. There are important philosophical precedents for this line of argument. For Kant, aesthetic judgments arise from singular intuitions for which there is no adequate concept. For Whitehead, primordial “feeling” takes the form of “a ‘valuation up’ or a ‘valuation down'” that precedes, and determines, any sort of cognition or conceptualization. For Wittgenstein, while inner sensation “is not a something,” it is also “not a nothing either.” All these approaches point to a primordial form of sentience that is nonintentional, noncorrelational, and anoetic; and that is best described, in a positive sense, as autistic, affective, and aesthetic.

Steven Shaviro is the DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of The Cinematic Body (1993), Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction About Postmodernism (1997), Connected, Or, What It Means To Live in the Network Society (2003), Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics (2009), and Post-Cinematic Affect (2010). His work in progress involves studies of speculative realism, of post-continuity styles in contemporary cinema, of music videos, and of recent science fiction and horror fiction. He blogs at The Pinocchio Theory: http://www.shaviro.com/Blog

To register for this event please email Michael O’Rourke at tranquilised_icon@yahoo.com

For more info about DUST: https://dublindust.wordpress.com/

 

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