Oct 07, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
|Where||East Duke Parlors|
|Contact Name||Marialana L. Weitzel|
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Professor Rosi Braidotti is a Philosopher and Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University as well as Director of the Centre for the Humanities in Utrecht. Her lecture addresses the fast-growing cluster of issues focused on what could be called the post-human predicament. It explores the extent to which a post–humanist perspective builds upon some of the central concepts of poststructuralism, notably philosophical anti-humanism and a non-unitary vision of the subject. Attempts to displace the traditional unity and universality of the subject – which had met with critical resistance on the part of humanist thinkers – constitute the point of departure for a number of philosophical reflections that define the posthuman not only in terms of anti or post-humanism, but also as post-anthropocentrism. The displacement of the centrality of the human itself is the central idea in posthuman thought. Rather than perceiving this as a loss of cognitive self–mastery and ethical decency, she argues that the posthuman condition helps us make sense of and find a new moral compass within, our globalized culture.