Werner Hamacher - Lectures / Workshops / Seminars
Description: This course explores 'exteriority' as a process and place where thought takes place. We will examine the radical Other in its un/relation to literature, history, and ethics. We examine these topics through a close reading of Maurice Blanchot, Michel Foucault, and Emmanuel Levinas. As we explore the spaces of relation and un/relation we move closer to a new way of thought that escapes the insulated nature of academic discourse. We will focus on the processes of relation in an attempt to escape the process of identification as a singular notion.
Objectives: Students shall leave this course with a firm grasp on the works of Blanchot, Foucault and Levinas. We will examine ethics as a relational process through the work of Emmanuel Levinas. We will examine the discursive and genealogical methodologies of Michel Foucault and attempt to generate an ethics that supersedes metaphysical restrictions. Students will be pushed to extreme heights of learning through demanding classroom interactions and intensive readings before the seminar.
Learning Outcomes: This course is designed to invite thinking. As we examine the radical Other we begin to explore the spaces of un/relation and dive into the fields of ethics and literature. This course will inform students dissertation and creative projects. Students are required to bring their own research and life experiences to the table as an essential part of the learning environment.
Required Books and Reading Assignments:
Werner Hamacher, Peter Fenves (Translator), Premises: Essays on Philosophy and Literature from Kant to Celan. Stanford University Press. October 1999. 400 pages, Language English, ISBN: 0804736200. Buy it at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.fr.
Michel Foucault (Author), Maurice Blanchot (Author),Jeffrey Mehlman (Translator), Brian Massumi (Translator) Foucault / Blanchot: Maurice Blanchot: The Thought from Outside and Michel Foucault as I Imagine Him Paperback: 109 pages, Zone Books (October 19, 1989) ISBN: 0942299035. Buy it at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.fr.
Blanchot, Maurice. The Infinite Conversation. U of Minnesota Press, 1992. ISBN: 0816619700. Buy it at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.fr.
Blanchot, Maurice. The Station Hill Blanchot Reader. Barrytown Limited, 1998. ISBN: 1886449171. Buy it at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.fr.
Levinas, Emmanuel. Totality and Infinity. Duquesne University Press, 1969. ISBN: 0820702455. Buy it at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.fr.
Levinas, Emmanuel. Existence and Existents. Duquesne University Press, 2001. ISBN: 0820703192. Buy it at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.fr.