Materialism is Not the Solution. Lecture by Graham Harman

Wednesday 9 October at 9.30-12 PM - Venue: The Auditorium at Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C

2013.09.20 | Betina Ramm

Date Wed 09 Oct
Time 09:30 12:00
Location The Auditorium at Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C

 

  • Wednesday 9 October at 9.30-12 PM – Venue: The Auditorium at Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C
  • Materialism is Not the Solution

  • Lecture by Graham Harman
  • (respondent: Robert Jackson, Lancaster University)
  • In current cutting-edge philosophy, the word "materialism" often occurs as a key term, whether in Quentin Meillassoux's "speculative materialism," in the group of new theories often assembled under the heading "New Feminist Materialisms," or even in the resurgent continental scientism that appeals to the reductive or eliminative heritage of materialist natural science. In this lecture I will make the contrary argument that realism rather than materialism is the key to future progress. Though realism and materialism are often viewed as one and the same in their opposition to "idealism," they are actually quite different. While materialism seems to assert the existence of a fleshly matter that resists the workings of the mind or social structures, in the end it privileges a philosophy of immanence in which the material is that which can be known, or at least that which is directly encountered by humans rather than lying in a supposed transcendent otherworldly site. By contrast, the real is that which is not just inassimilable to human perceptual/cognitive access, but also that which is irrecuperable either by praxis (Stengers) or by outright mathematization (Meillassoux). Both philosophy and the arts need to rediscover a more robust sense of the real.
  • Graham Harman is Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Harman is the author of ten books, most recently Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy (2012), The Quadruple Object (2011), and Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making (2011). He is the editor of the Speculative Realism book series at Edinburgh University Press, and (with Bruno Latour) co-editor of the New Metaphysics book series at Open Humanities Press. Blog: doctorzamalek2.wordpress.com
  • On October 8, 2-4 PM at Kasernen, Langelandsgade 139, 8000 Aarhus C, Building 1586, Room 114, Associate Professor Jørn Erslev Andersen will run a reading workshop on Graham Harman’s thinking
  • All are welcome to attend both events.
  • Organised by the research programme in Mediality, Materiality, Aesthetic Meaning and the PhD programme in Art, Literature and Cultural Studies, Aarhus University.
  • For more info please contact:
  • Jacob Lund – jacoblund@hum.au.dk
  • Jacob Wamberg – kunjw@hum.au.dk

or Jørn Erslev Andersen – joern.erslev@hum.au.dk

Lecture / talk, Workshop, Medialitet, Materialitet og Æstetisk Betydning