Jan Völker and the Hegel’s Disjunction

Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU invites you to public lectures by Assoc. Prof. Jan Völker:


Hegel’s Disjunction.


On Tuesday, 23rd of April 2019 at 5 p. m.:

1) Platonic Prelude


In the first seminar, we will discuss the inscription of difference within a series of terms: This allows us to the situate very generally the function of dialectics, the appearance of the subject, and the structure of the interval.


Non-mandatory reading:

  • Plato, Sophist, 248a-258e.
  • Alain Badiou, L’Un. Descartes, Platon, Kant, Le Séminaire 1983-84, p. 93-142
  • Jean-Claude Milner, „The Point of the Signifier“, in: Peter Hallward, Knox Peden (ed.). Concept and Form, vol. one, Key Texts from the Cahiers pour l’Analyse, London/New York: Verso 2012, pp. 107-118.


On Wednesday 24th of April 2019 at 5 p. m.:

2) The other Master


In the second seminar, we will read Hegel’s famous discussion of the Master-Slave-relation in the Phenomenology. Starting from a discussion within Plato’s Parmenides, we’ll proceed to Hegel, following the traces of another Master without Slave.


Non-mandatory reading:
• Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, “Independence and dependence of self-consciousness: Lordship and Bondage“, trans. A.V. Miller, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1977, pp. 119-138.


On Thursday 25th of April 2019 at 5 p. m.:

3) Actualities


In the third seminar, we will follow Hegel’s discussion of the actuality. We will read the existence of non-being as an obstacle to the actual, demanding for a multiplication of actualities.


Non-mandatory reading:

• Hegel, The Science of Logic, Book two, section three: “Actuality”, trans. A.V. Miller, Oxon / New York: Routledge 1969, pp. 529-574.


On Friday 26th of April 2019 at 5 p. m.:

4) Eclipse


In the fourth seminar, we will bring our discussion back to the moment of philosophy: If philosophy has the subject as its object, are there different philosophies with different objects, set in different actualities? The act of philosophy itself is the eclipse that leads to a multiplication of philosophies and discourses.


Non-mandatory reading:

• Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, “Preface: On Scientific Cognition“, trans. A.V. Miller, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1977, pp. 1-45.


Assoc. Prof. Jan Völker, Ph.D., is a research associate at the Institute of Fine Arts and Aesthetics at the Berlin University of the Arts. He is visiting lecturer and Associate Professor at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU and at Bard College Berlin. His current work focuses on modern thought between Marx, Freud, Kant, and Hegel. Recent Publications include (as editor and translator) “German Philosophy”, a debate between Alain Badiou and Jean-Luc Nancy (MIT, 2018); “Badiou and the German Tradition of Philosophy” (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2019).


Lectures will be in English language at Philosophical Institute ZRC SAZU,Novi trg 2, 3rd Floor, Ljubljana.


Kindly invited