Éric Alliez: Capital’s Art of War, 6 April, London

1st Apr 2017

10 Public Lectures on Philosophy, Politics and the Arts,
Nov. 2016–April 2017
Please join the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) for their 2016/17 public lectures series in collaboration with Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School, University of the Arts London. The lectures are free and open to the public but require registration for each event through Eventbrite by clicking on the relevant lecture title on the CRMEP events page.
Final Lecture

Capital’s Art of War
Speaker: Éric Alliez


Thursday 6 April 2017
Public Lectures on Philosophy, Politics and the Arts
What ‘war’ are we talking about? Did the concept of ‘global civil war’, advanced at the same time by Carl Schmitt and Hannah Arendt, impose itself at the end of the Cold War as the most appropriate form? To what extend do the categories of ‘infinite war’, ‘just war’ and ‘war on terrorism’ correspond to the new conflicts of globalization? And is it possible to use the syntagma of ‘the’ war without immediately assuming the point of view of the state? This lecture will both read the history of capital through war, and the history of war through 1968. This imposes a theoretical and political passage from ‘war’ to ‘wars’: wars as the foundation of internal and external order, as the political and economic organizing principle of society. ‘Bloody’ and ‘not-bloody’ wars… Not only military wars, but also civil, class, sex, and race wars… At all of the major turning points in capitalism, we find not Schumpeter’s “creative destruction” carried out by entrepreneurial innovation, but the global enterprise of civil wars and the liberal denial of the extension of the domain of war.

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Location: Chelsea Lecture Theatre, University of the Arts London, John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU

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