‘DIAMaT: an introduction to political theory’ was a seminar convened by Nathaniel Boyd that addressed the ‘crisis’ the tradition of political philosophy underwent from the emergence of modern science and technology in the 17th century to the political ‘revolution’ of society at the end of the 18th. DIAMaT analysed how the development of modernity entailed the separation of morals and politics: on the one hand, the collapse of the political tradition into moral philosophy, which had little or nothing to say about the actual practical organisation of the state; on the other, a political science increasingly modelled on social technics and positivism. This dualism formed the backdrop of the seminar’s discussion of 19th– and 20th-century political thought, in the writings of, among others, Althusser, Deleuze, Hegel, Heidegger, Jünger, Kojève, Koselleck, Lacan, Lenin, Marx, Schmitt, Simondon, Strauss and Weber.
Science and Modernity
19 February, 18–21.00
Book launch and presentation by Samo Tomšič, author of The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacan (Verso 2015)
Hegel’s Modernity and the Institutional Form of Politics
18 March, 18–21.00
Presentation by Nathaniel Boyd
Technology and Politics: The Case of Gilbert Simondon
22 April, 18–21.00
Discussion with Andrea Bardin, author of Epistemology and Political Philosophy in Gilbert Simondon Individuation, Technics, Social Systems (Springer 2015)
The seminars were conducted in English.