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Nietzsche 13/13: Maurice Blanchot

Thursday, Jerome Greene Annex

This is the third seminar in the Nietzsche 13/13 seminar series: 3/13: Maurice Blanchot. Maurice Blanchot was heavily influenced by Nietzsche early on, and wrote several works that directly and indirectly engaged Nietzsche’s thought. Like Bataille, Blanchot took a holistic approach and often focused on the fragments. This session will explore his relation to Nietzsche and how it influenced subsequent critical thinkers.

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The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University are pleased to announce another 13/13 seminar series for 2016-2017. A broad range of contemporary critical thinkers in the 20th century drew inspiration from Nietzsche’s writings. Together, they developed a strand of critical theory that has influenced disciplines as varied as history, law, politics, anthropology, philology, and the theory of science. These twentieth century thinkers effectively forged a unique Nietzschean strand of contemporary critical thought, very different from other critical strands represented by the Frankfurt School or Lacanian psychoanalytic theory. This seminar series will proceed through a close reading of 13 contemporary critical thinkers who drew on and engaged Nietzsche’s thought and writings. The seminar series has been organized and will be moderated by Bernard E. Harcourt, Daniele Lorenzini, and Jesús R. Velasco.

Each seminar will be lead by two invited scholars, one from outside and the other from within Columbia University, as well as a commentator. Each seminar will follow a similar format, beginning with a short introduction of the readings and guests, followed by two short guest presentations (15-20 minutes max each) and a commentary (10-15 minutes max), and then open discussion with the participants for over an hour. The sessions will begin promptly at 6:15pm and will end promptly at 8:45pm. The format, then, will be as follows:

6:15pm            Introductions

6:25pm            Presentation by outside guest

6:45pm            Presentation by Columbia guest

7:00pm            Commentary and questions

7:15pm            Open discussion and comments

8:30pm            Closing remarks of the guests

8:45pm            End of the seminar