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Deakin University’s European Philosophy and the History of Ideas research group (EPHI) is pleased to be able to host the following workshop:

Problematizing the ‘Problem’ in 20th Century French Thought

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Where: Deakin University, Melbourne City Campus, Level 3, 550 Bourke St., Melbourne.

When: Thursday December 10, 2015, 8.30am-5.30pm

Workshop theme: The workshop will explore how a notion of the ‘problem’ was mobilized in 20th century French philosophy, in various ontologies of problems, in problematization as a philosophical method, and in the deployment of concepts of the problem and the problematic in diverse philosophical programs. Papers will explore the work of Bergson, Marcel, Wahl, Cavaillès, Lautman, Bachelard, Althusser, Hadot, Foucault and Deleuze.

To register: email Sean Bowden s.bowden@deakin.edu.au (please write ‘problems workshop’ in the subject line). All are welcome but registrations are essential.

Registration deadline: December 1, 2015.

Draft program:

8.30-8.35            Welcome
8.35-9.20            Craig Lundy (Wollongong), ‘Bergson’s Problematic Philosophy and the Pursuit of Metaphysical Precision’
9.20-10.05         Sean Bowden (Deakin), ‘Jean Wahl and the Problem of the Concrete’
10.05-10.50        Felicity Joseph (UNE), ‘Beyond philosophical “problems”: Gabriel Marcel’s problem/mystery distinction revisited’
10.50-11.10        Coffee
11.10-11.55        Simon Duffy (Yale-NUS), ‘Lautman on problems as the conditions of the existence of solutions’
11.55-12.40        Knox Peden (ANU), ‘Jean Cavaillès and the Problem of the Object’
12.40-1.30         Lunch
1.30-2.15          Alison Ross (Monash), ‘The errors of history: chance and reason in Bachelard and Foucault’
2.15-3.00          Mark Kelly (WSU), ‘Foucault and Althusser: The Problematic Missing Term’
3.00-3.20          Coffee
3.20-4.05          Matthew Sharpe (Deakin), ‘Between History, Wittgenstein and Phenomenology: The Unique Philosophical Problematic of Pierre Hadot’
4.05-4.50          Jon Roffe (UNSW), ‘Chronostructuralism in The Archeology of Knowledge and Difference and Repetition: some methodological notes on conceiving the reality of problems’
4.50-5.35           Colin Koopman (Oregon), ‘Problematization in Foucault’s Genealogy & Deleuze’s Symptomatology: Or, How to Study Sexuality without Invoking Oppositions’

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