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7 March 2013 For Plato, excessive sleep offends against citizenship and the polis. Kant, meanwhile, suggests that an undue propensity to sleep may give rise to premature death. Where sleepwalking is concerned, moreover, Kant finds it impossible to propose the ‘rules of conduct’ required by pragmatic anthropology. Hegel, meanwhile, considers sleepwalking an illness; and indeed an implied menace lurks deep in the heart of sleep. For if the retreat into itself of the ‘soul’ in deepest slumber seems inescapable, at the same time such a withdrawal establishes the grounds for the disorder that is somnambulism. Hegel’s own argument suggests, then, a profound sickness rooted in the inherent imbalance of sleep. Sleep is radically double-facing in Freud’s work. It serves the conscious wish to sleep and the workings of the unconscious at once, since the ability to hold down repressed material is reduced by a certain, unavoidable relaxation of energy during sleep, while at the same time dreaming expends unused energy or ‘interest’ in a way that is innocuous in terms of the wish to sleep. The difficulty of knowing in which or in whose interests one sleeps is therefore perhaps at its strongest in Freud. In ‘A Metaphysical Supplement to the Theory of Dreams’, dreaming is not just a means of wallowing in the deep narcissism shared by the ego and the libido alike; it is also a matter of tackling those unresolved psychic residues that threaten to break into and disturb the narcissistic dream. Crucially, this threat to the narcissistic indulgence of dreaming which comes from day-time remainders isn’t just a matter of external menace, because for Freud such residues acquire significance precisely to the extent that they retain a certain degree of libidinal ‘interest’. Thus, I argue, the dream sees narcissism defending itself against what are basically its own interests. For Freud, in fact, this may be what a dream is.
Peter continues to look at the Nicomachean Ethics, discussing Aristotle’s views about the role of pleasure and friendship in the good life.
A talk by Tim Morton at Rice University, March 16, 2013.
Philosophy of Running event in Brighton
Jon Pike’s talk from the Philosophy of Running event in Brighton
The Fate of Reason in an Age of Belief - RSA Thursday, (8th Nov 2012)
In his new book ‘50 Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World’, Emmy-award-wining film-maker and author Stephen Trombley offers a concise history of modern thought from the Enlightenment to the present day. Profiling the landmark philosophers, scientists, political and social theorists as well as spiritual leaders whose ideas have defined the age we live in, Trombley offers a fresh analysis of their key ideas, and re-evaluation of their importance as we proceed into the 21st century.
In a special event at the RSA, Stephen Trombley offers a stout defence of rationality in what he sees as an era of rising irrational belief; and argues for the continued utility of the work of the four “shapers-in-chief” of our modern world: Marx, Darwin, Einstein and Freud.
Speaker: Stephen Trombley, writer, film-maker and author of ‘50 Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World’.
Chair: Jules Evans, philosopher, writer and policy director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. www.philosophyforlife.org
The Silence of Animals: On progress and other modern myths - RSA Keynote (4th Mar 2013)
Are we all just ‘deluded animals’?
John Gray, one of Britain’s most provocative philosophers, visits the RSA to discuss the ideas raised in ‘The Silence of Animals’ - the much-anticipated sequel to ‘Straw Dogs’.
Gray will discuss the religious origins of modern ideas of progress in civilisation and suggest that the prevailing belief in gradual improvement is a myth. Examining the lives of people who abandoned or never subscribed to it, he will ask what might replace the ruling myth.
Along the way he will consider Naples in 1944 and flying saucers…
Speaker: John Gray, political philosopher and author.
Chair: Jonathan Derbyshire, culture editor, New Statesman
Event Date: 28 February 2013 Room B01 Clore Management Centre Birkbeck, University of London Torrington Square London WC1E 7HX The Birkbeck Institute for
Literary Festival 2013: Altered States: what happens when we tell stories about science? - Video and audio - News and media - Home
Speaker(s): Greg Artus, Richard Bronk, Aifric Campbell, Professor Roger Kneebone Chair: Dr Nick Russell
Recorded on 27 February 2013 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.
Is truth a casualty in the stories we tell about science? Is there a conflict between narrative truth and historical truth? Can fiction illuminate scientific themes? What are the challenges of presenting scientific topics in the media? How do scientists tell stories to raise capital? Greg Artus lectures in politics, philosophy and business ethics at Imperial College. His research interests include the nature of human action and perception, and the work of Wittgenstein and Heidegger.
Richard Bronk is Visiting Fellow in LSE’s European Institute. Richard is is a writer and part-time academic, with particular expertise in the history of ideas, philosophy of economics, comparative corporate governance and European political economy. His books include The Romantic Economist - Imagination in Economics (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Aifric Campbell is a writer and former investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Her latest novel On the Floor was longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize. She teaches at Imperial College.
Roger Kneebone is professor of surgical education at Imperial College. He is a clinician and educationalist who leads a multidisciplinary research group at Imperial College. Roger has an international profile as an academic and innovator and is a 2011 National Teaching Fellow. In 2013 Roger will take up a prestigious Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship.
Nick Russell was a college science lecturer, freelance journalist, and vocational science curriculum developer before organizing and teaching postgraduate science communication programmes at Birkbeck College and Imperial College. He was head of Department of Humanities at Imperial College before he retired and is now emeritus reader in Science Communication at Imperial College.
This event forms part of LSE’s 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival, taking place from Tuesday 26 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme ‘Branching Out’.