602920 Course on Contemporary Questions of Practical Philosophy III

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Course on Contemporary Questions of Practical Philosophy III
SE 2

Examination of the phenomen "Post-Fordism"; insights into contemporary theories of regulation; exchange with thinkers, who are concerned with current questions of Political Theory.

"Post-Fordism" poses, as has been repeatedly argued in contemporary theories of regulation, serious challenges to thinking insofar it is forced - according to the imperatives of a "knowledge society" - to consume itself actively, that is, to become utilizable in economic terms. What to "do" then? To what extent can Post-Fordism be problematized in terms of an anthropogenesis, as Paolo Virno is arguing? And to what extent does the knowledge society regulated in post-fordist terms eventually present itself as a precarization society, as Oliver Marchart et al. are emphasizing? In consideration of these questions, we shall first of all study selected theories on Post-Fordism. Subsequently, we will participate in a symposia at the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, where a variety of thinkers will be putting up current positions for discussion.

Reading and discussion of selected texts; participation at the symposia "Political Abilities: The Sense of Subjectification" (27-29/03/2013, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen).


Marchart, Oliver (Hrsg.). Facetten der Prekarisierungsgesellschaft. Prekäre Verhältnisse. Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Prekarisierung von Arbeit und Leben. Transcript: Bielefeld, 2013.

Virno, Paolo. Grammatik der Multitude. Die Engel und der General Intellect. Aus dem Italienischen von Klaus Neundlinger. 2. Auflage. Wien: Turia + Kant, 2008.

Ehrenberg, Alain. Das erschöpfte Selbst. Aus dem Französischen von Manuela Lenzen und Martin Klaus. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2008.

More literature will be announced in the Seminar.

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Some of the papers at the symposia will be presented in English.