If you’ll be in the area, I’ll be giving a talk at Fordham on April 24th entitled “Lucretius on the Letter: Notes for a Materialist Critical Theory”. If you’ll be in the area, the talk will be at 7pm, at the Fordham University Lincoln Center in South Lounge. It’s open to the public, so please join us. Don’t worry, this isn’t a scholarly talk about Lucretius, but a discussion of how Lucretius’s materialism continues to inspire critical theory today. I will be discussing things ranging from the simulacra and their implications, to entropy, psychoanalysis, psychology, and neurology, and what these things entail for our political thought and practice today. My question is not so much “what did Lucretius mean?” (who cares?), as “what does it mean to be Lucretian today?” Basically I will be arguing that Democritus/Epicurus/Lucretius offers a third way between the binary choice of Plato and Aristotle that is crucially important to the age we’re living in with respect to questions of economy, cultural struggle, and ecology. Come play with us! And if you can’t, please distribute the announcement for this talk.
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