Thursday, March 29, 2012

“What Can NOTHING Do For Politics?"

Professor Bill Martin
Applied Philosophy Lyceum:
On Friday April 6, 2012, JUB 304, 4 pm

Professor Bill Martin will present a lecture entitled, “What Can Nothing Do For Politics? Mao, Mu, Badiou, Buddhism."

Bill Martin is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and is best known for his work on Derrida, Sartre, Marxist theory, and aesthetics. Martin’s current projects include a book on the post-Maoist current of Allain Badiou’s philosophy, and a book taking account of Harry Frankfurt’s concept of “bullshit” in a social-political context.

He is the author  of  nine books, including Matrix and Line: Derrida and the Possibilities of Postmodern Social TheoryPolitics in the Impasse: Explorations in Postsecular Social TheoryMarxism and the Call of the Future: Conversations on Ethics, History, and Politics co-written with Bob Avakian.

Having played bass guitar for more than thirty-five years, he has also made substantial contributions to music criticism, authoring: Avant Rock: Experimental Music from the Beatles to BjorkMusic of Yes: Structure and Vision in Progressive Rockand  Listening to the Future: The Time of Progressive Rock, 1968-1978.

The Department of Philosophy at Middle Tennessee State University is happy to have Bill Martin make his second appearance as part of its annual Applied Philosophy Lyceum.  The purpose of the Lyceum is to provoke philosophical reflection by bringing distinguished scholars to the MTSU campus to address crucial contemporary issues.

The lecture will be held April 6, 2012 at 4:00 in James Union Building, Room 304 on the Middle Tennessee State University Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.  A discussion period and an informal reception will follow.

For more information, contact the MTSU Philosophy Department at 898-2907.

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