dis:positions | #2 Forms of Life

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 7.30 pm, ICI Berlin, Christinenstraße 18/19, House 8

Life forces thought, it poses problems and constitutes, for philosophy, both a condition and an object. Whether framed through questions of epistemology and the philosophy of science, questions of ethics, of politics, of technics, of aesthetics or of metaphysics, conceptions of life and the living, while inherently and invariably transdisciplinary, remain at the core of philosophical thinking today. Accordingly, this second session of the series dis:positions gathers three protagonists of a moment du vivant within contemporary French philosophy, provoking a resolutely undisciplined conversation, a modulation of philosophy across all domains of knowledge.

Emanuele Coccia École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Frédéric Worms École Normale Supérieure
Caterina Zanfi Bergische Universität Wuppertal

The event is part of the series dis:positions | French Philosophy Today.

Emanuele Coccia is maître de conférences at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. After working on the history of European normativity and on aesthetics, his current research focuses on conceptions of life on the one hand and on the ontological status and normative power of images on the other. Among his publications are La vie des plantes. Une métaphysique du mélange (2016), Le bien dans les choses (2013), La vie sensible (2010), the anthology Angeli. Ebraismo Cristianesimo Islam (co-edited with Giorgio Agamben, 2009), and La trasparenza delle immagini. Averroè e l’averroismo (2005).

Frédéric Worms is a professor of contemporary philosophy and moral philosophy at the École normale supérieure in Paris, where he also serves as directeur-adjoint of Lettres et Sciences humaines and director of the Centre international d’étude de la philosophie française (CIEPFC). Moreover, he is a member of the Comité consultatif national d’éthique. A specialist in the thought of Henri Bergson and the history of philosophy, his recent work concerns questions of ethics and politics, focusing on issues of  human rights, care and violence, considered from the perspective of the living. Among his recent books are, among others, Les maladies chroniques de la démocratie (2017), Penser à quelqu‘un (2014), Revivre. Éprouver nos blessures et nos ressources (2012), La Philosophie en France au XXe siècle. Moments (2009) and Bergson ou les deux sens de la vie (2004).

Caterina Zanfi is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Bergische Universität Wuppertal. She studies the anthropological and political implications of the philosophies of life in a transnational perspective (Germany, France, Italy). She is the author of Bergson et la philosophie allemande : 1907-1932 (2013) and Bergson, la tecnica, la guerra (2009) and recently edited trivium 25. Die Philosophische Anthropologie in der deutsch-französischen Debatte der Gegenwart (with Thomas Ebke and Guillaume Plas, 2017) and Das Leben im Menschen oder der Mensch im Leben? Deutsch-Französische Genealogien zwischen Anthropologie und Anti-Humanismus (with Thomas Ebke, 2017).