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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - Thinking Time after Platonism

10th February 2014, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green, Professor Peter Gratton

My recent work has been on a manuscript concerning the question of time at the heart of recent Continental philosophy. Time has been taken to be epiphenomenal, a mere shadow of that which is eternal (ideas, laws, God, and I would also suggest the idealism of conceptual schemes). While the challenge to Platonism is not new, considerations of time have run, time and again, into the problem of conceptualizing time, reducing it to a given concept outside of time, we might say.

 In this seminar I want to discuss ways of articulating time’s otherness to conceptuality, a project at the heart of the Continental deconstruction of ontology, and how a realism of time would counter anti-realisms of time found in the work of Badiou, Meillassoux, and other recent supposed realisms.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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