Video / Audio  Philosophy

New Books in the Arts & Sciences          —panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa by Souleymane Bachir Diagne

December 14, 2015 "Radical Grace" by Alain Badiou on the role of art in response to present tragic circumstances. Introduction by Udi Aloni. Moderated by James Schamus.

December 8, 2015 a lecture on Identity and Universality by Alain Badiou in light of contemporary tragic events in Paris and elsewhere. December 8, 2015: Many forms of violence in the contemporary world are concerned with either the violent confrontation of different collective identities, or the exasperated resistance of certain of these identities against that which is presented as having a universal value. The central question in these cases is this: what is the historical and conceptual relationship between the feeling of belonging to an identity and the construction of a universal value? Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure and the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, and was a founder of the faculty of Philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII. A politically engaged philosopher, his major philosophical works include Theory of the Subject, Being and Event, Manifesto for Philosophy, and Gilles Deleuze. He has also written several novels, plays and political essays. Co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Maison Francaise, Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, and Film and Media Studies.

11/10/10: Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, UK, speaks on "The New Atheism and the War on Terror."

The philosopher Charles Taylor, winner of both the Templeton Prize and the Kyoto Prize, speaks about his new and controversial book, A Secular Age in two lectures. The topic for this evening is "The Secular Age in a Global Context."

The philosopher Charles Taylor, winner of both the Templeton Prize and the Kyoto Prize, spoke on his recently released book, "A Secular Age." Alfred Stepan served as discussant.