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Bonn Syllabus

Bonn Syllabus

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Stucksaal im Poppelsdorfer Schloss July 2
nd
to 13
th
, 2012Meckenheimer Allee 171 ontological.turn@gmail.com53115 Bonn Phone contact: +49 163 7525221
Third Annual International Summer School in German Philosophy:
T
HE
O
NTOLOGICAL
T
URN IN
C
ONTEMPORARY
P
HILOSOPHY
 
Note on texts:
 Almost all of the assigned texts listed below will be provided in the summer school reader, which will be mailed to all accepted participants. The exceptionis Quentin Meillasoux’s
After Finitude
, which students will be responsible for acquiring through their library, bookstore, or other means.
First Week
 
Monday, July 2: Introductory Remarks and Discussion
9am – 12pm: Introductory Remarks (Markus Gabriel)2pm – 5pm: Discussion of 
After Finitude
 Reading: Quentin Meillasoux,
After Finitude
 
Tuesday, July 3: How to Break Out of TranscendentalCorrelationism
Led by Slavoj Zizek9am – 11am: A Hegelian Reply to Meillasoux1pm – 3pm: A Defense of Hegel’s Absolute Knowing5pm – 7pm: Ontological Consequences of Quantum PhysicsReading: Slavoj Zizek,
Less Than Nothing
, Interlude 5 and Chapter 14
 
Wednesday, July 4: The Ontology of Fields of Sense
Led by Markus Gabriel9am – 12pm: The Principles of Negative Ontology: Properties, Sets, Domains,Things, Facts, and Objects2pm – 5pm: The Principles of Positive Ontology: Realism, Fields, Sense, andFractals; Existence and ContingencyReading: Markus Gabriel, “Why the World Does Not Exist”; “The Meaning of Existence and the Contingency of Sense”; “Ontological Realism: The Argumentfrom Facticity and Meta-metaphysical Nihilism”
Thursday, July 5: Appearance and Reality
Led by Ray Brassier 9am – 12pm: That Which Is Not: Plato and Hegel2pm – 5pm: The Reality of Appearances: Sellars and HegelReading: Plato,
Sophist 
; G.W.F. Hegel,
Science of Logic
, Book II: “TheDoctrine of Essence,” Chapter 1: “Shine”; Heidegger, “Hegel and the Greeks”in
Pathmarks
; Wilfrid Sellars, "Foundations for a Metaphysics of Pure Process:The Carus Lectures"
Friday, July 6: General Discussion
 (Morning Free)2pm – 5pm: Student-led discussionLed by Juniper Alcorn, Darlene Demandante, Naveen Kanalu, Victor Marques,Christopher Nielsen8 pm: Conference Dinner 
 
Second WeekMonday, July 9: The Conceptual Problem of Time
 Led by Martin Hägglund9am – 12pm: The Trace of Time2pm – 5pm: Reading Derrida’s “Ousia and Gramme”Reading: Derrida, “Ousia and Gramme”; Aristotle,
Physics
IV (last four chapters on time, 10 – 14); Hegel,
Philosophy of Nature
§§253 – 261; MartinHägglund, “Radical Atheist Materialism: A Critique of Meillassoux”
Tuesday, July 10: Objects and Things
Led by Graham Harman9am – 12pm: Objects and Relations2pm – 5pm: More Objects and RelationsReading: Leibniz, “Monadology”; Heidegger, “The Thing”
Wednesday, July 11
 Led by Iain Hamilton Grant9am – 12pm: Power and Essence2pm – 5pm: Grounding PowersReading: F.W.J. Schelling,
Grounding of Positive Philosophy 
(Berlin Lectures),pp.141-170, 193-212; Aristotle,
Metaphysics
9.1045b-1052a; Heidegger 
 Aristotle's Metaphysics
Θ
1-3 On the Essence and Actuality of Force
, ch.1
Thursday, July 12: Schelling’s Ontology
9am – 12pm: Schelling’s
Freedom
Essay

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