ECT Seminar Winter 2010 The Subject: Hegel & Badiou

1. Jan. 7 Introduction to the Subject
primary readings
? “The Subject” (from Vocabulaire européen des philosophies: Dictionnaire des intraduisibles), Barbara Cassin, Etienne Balibar, Alain de Libera
? Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, “Preface to the Second Edition” (Guyer and Wood, pp. 106-124), “Introduction to the Second Edition” (pp. 136-152), “The Transcendental Aesthetic” (pp. 172-192), Transcendental deduction of the pure concepts of the understanding” (pp. 245-266), “The paralogisms of pure reason” (pp. 411-458)
? Badiou, “Democratic Materialism and the Materialist Dialectic” and “Formal Theory of the Subject” ( Logics of Worlds, pp. 1-9; 45-78)
supplementary readings
a Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy

2. Jan. 14 Consciousness (John McCumber and Ken Reinhard)
primary readings
? Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, “Preface” (pp. 1-45) [§§ 1-72] and “Sense-Certainty” (pp. 58-66) [§§ 90-110];
Hegel, Aesthetics, Part I, Chapter I, “Concept of the Beautiful as Such”

3. Jan. 21 Self-Consciousness (John McCumber and Ken Reinhard)
primary readings
? Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (pp. 104-138) [§§ 166-230]
supplementary readings
a Alexandre Kojève, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, Introduction ;
ß Jean Hyppolite, Genesis and structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit selection one selection two
? Theodor Adorno, Hegel: Three Studies, The Experiential Content of Hegel’s Philosophy


4. Jan. 28 Reason (John McCumber and Ken Reinhard)
primary readings
? Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (pp. 321-365) [§§ 527-598]

5. Feb. 4 Étienne Balibar, The ‘Thing itself,’ or Community and Universality in The Phenomenology of Spirit
primary readings ? Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, V.C : “Individuality…” (§§ 394-437); VI, “Spirit,” Introduction (§§ 438-443); VII.C “Revealed Religion” (§§ 748-787). Passages from “Reason in History” (Introduction to The Philosophy of History) on “the cunning of reason” Link here
supplementary readings
a Jean Hyppolite, Genesis and structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

6. Feb. 11 Étienne Balibar, I that is We, and We that is I: Aporias of the Transindividual Subject in Hegel primary readings ? Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, V.C : “Individuality…” (§§ 394-437); VI, “Spirit,” Introduction (§§ 438-443); IV, “The true Nature of Self-Certainty,” Introduction (§§ 166-177); V, “Certainty and Truth of Reason,” Introd. (§§ 231-239) supplementary readings a Jean Hyppolite, Genesis and structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

7. Feb. 18 Étienne Balibar, Irony and Terror: Hegelian Figures of the Tragic Subject corrected readings ? Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, §§ 166-177, §§ 394-437, §§ 438-443, §§ 444-483, §§ 582-595
supplementary readings
a Jean Hyppolite, Genesis and structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Feb. 23 Bruno Bosteels lecture: “Badiou and Hegel” (5:00 Humanities 348) [RESCHEDULED TO FEB. 25]
Feb. 24 Bruno Bosteels lecture: “Marx and Marti: Logics of the Disencounter” 4:30, Humanities 193

8. Feb. 25 Bruno Bosteels
3:00 – 4:30 lecture: “Badiou and Hegel” (Humanities 348);
5:00 – 7:00 seminar: The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic
primary readings
? Badiou, Theory of the Subject, Parts I and IV
? Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, “The true Spirit: the Ethical Order”; “Spirit that is Certain of Itself: Morality”
? Bosteels, Badiou and Politics, “Introduction: Elements of Dialectical Materialism”

9. NEW DATE & TIME: Wednesday March 3, 6:00-9:00 Hegel, Mao, Badiou (Jason Smith, Eleanor Kaufman, Ken Reinhard)
primary readings
? Badiou, The Century, One Divides into Two and Cruelties
? Badiou, Being and Event, Meditation 15, “Hegel”
? Mao, On Contradiction
? “Hongqi’s Correspondent”: New Polemic on the Philosophical Front

supplementary readings
a The “One Divides into Two” controversy
ß Badiou, “An Essential Philosophical Thesis: ‘It Is Right to Rebel against the Reactionaries’” ( Theory of Contradiction, chapter 1 )
? Badiou, Logics of Worlds Hegel
d Zizek, “Mao Tse-Tung, the Marxist Lord of Misrule” text here

10. March 11 The (Over)coming of the Subject (John McCumber and Ken Reinhard)
primary readings
? Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit (pp. 383- 409) [§§ 632-671]
? Badiou, Being and Event, Meditation 35, “Theory of the Subject”; Meditation 36, “Forcing: From the Indiscernible to the Undecidable”; Meditation 37, “Descartes/Lacan”;
Badiou, Logics of Worlds, What is it to Live?

Spring Quarter 2010 The Subject: Freud and Lacan
Guest seminar leaders will include Graham Hammill, Catherine Malabou, Jean Wyatt, Eric Santner, and Alain Badiou