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Identity and Universality: A Lecture in Light of Contemporary Tragic Events in Paris and Elsewhere

General Programming

dateDecember 8, 2015 timeTuesday, 6:00pm EST location Buell Hall, East Gallery (Maison Française), Columbia University
Cosponsors
  • Maison Française
  • Center for Contemporary Critical Thought
  • Media and Film Studies
Notes
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

Philosopher, playwright, novelist and political activist Alain Badiou will speak on "Identity and Universality: A Lecture in Light of Contemporary Tragic Events in Paris and Elsewhere"

Many forms of violence in the contemporary world are concerned with either the violent confrontation of different collective identities, or the exasperated resistance of certain of these identities against that which is presented as having a universal value. The central question in these cases is this: what is the historical and conceptual relationship between the feeling of belonging to an identity and the construction of a universal value?

This lecture will be delivered in English.

Participants
  • Alain Badiou Rene Descartes Chair European Graduate School