AFLYST - IKH-PhD master class with Giuseppe Bianco: Concepts...

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9.00-13.00 in room 43.3-29b

FIRST PART: Discussion of G. Bianco’s article: “Fast concepts, disposable problems and fashionable systems. About the idea of creativity in philosophy and in the humanities”

What is Philosophy? (1993), the last book written by the philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) and the psychoanalyst Félix Guattari (1930-1992) contributed to the popularisation of an idea of philosophy as a practice consisting in three acts: the creation of concepts, the positing of new problems and the instauration of “immanent” systems. Conceived as such, philosophy would have allegedly “political” consequences, since, to paraphrase the title of one of Deleuze’s rare public lectures, an “act of creation,” is always an “act of resistance” against common sense, considered conservatory. In my lecture I will draw a brief history of the usage of these three terms (problem, concepts and system) inside philosophy ; I will localise the moment the emergence of a “creative” conception of philosophy and its possible epistemological and political consequences.

SECOND PART: Discussion of registered PhD students’ papers.

From 14.15-16.00 Giuseppe Bianco will give an open lecture in room 41.1-37.:

Philosophy and the disciplines in French Thought. The case of Gilles Deleuze and of his generation

During the last thirty years, especially in the humanities, words such as “multidisciplinarity,” “interdisciplinarity,” and “transdisciplinarity” have been used with an unusual frequency, almost becoming buzzwords. This phenomenon corresponded to the progressive decrease of historical inquiries concerning the emergence, structuration and transformation of disciplines. In my talk I will treat Gilles Deleuze’s take on the relation between philosophy and the other disciplines. I will proceed treating the problem following seven steps: 1) a sketch of French academic structures and of their transformation from 1808 until 1948; 2) a genealogy of the emergence of discourses on “multi-disciplinarity” in France, between 1948 and 1970; 3) the marking moments in the structuration of philosophy as a discipline; 4) the different strategies of defence adopted by the disciplines and their transformation; 5) the strategy of defence of philosophy adopted by Deleuze and his peers; 6) the post-68 critiques of philosophy and their effect on the ideas about transdisciplinarity; 7) the return to the defence of philosophy starting from the late 1970s.

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