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03-21&22-13 Dan Smith

Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research

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Public Presentation March 21 (Thu.) and Public Symposium March 22 (Fri), 2013. See below for particulars.

Public Presentation: March 21 (Thursday), 7:00-8:30pm, Rockwell Hall Room 502, Duquesne University

Presenter: Daniel W. Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Purdue University

Bio: Daniel W. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University. He is the translator of Gilles Deleuze's Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation and Essays Critical and Clinical (with Michael A. Greco), as well as Pierre Klossowski's Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle and Isabelle Stenger's The Invention of Modern Science. His book Essays on Deleuze was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012.

Title: "Time, Truth, and Thought"
Abstract: Deleuze famously defined philosophy as an activity that consists of the formation or creation of concepts. This paper will examine three intersecting themes that follow from this conception of philosophy. First, concepts are themselves given a temporal character, and the paper will begin by examining Deleuze's theory of time. Whereas the ancients subordinated time to movement, Kant freed time from its subordination to movement and rendered it autonomous: time is the pure form of change (continuous variation) that becomes a positive principle of the production of the new (passive synthesis). It is this conception of temporality that lies at the basis of the metaphysics that Deleuze formulates in Difference and Repetition (1968), and which lies at the basis of the analytic of concepts developed in What is Philosophy? (1983). Second, this new conception of time puts the traditional concept of truth ("in all times and in all places") in crisis-not at the level of its content ("truth changes with time"), but rather at the level of its form: the form of time takes the place of the (universal) form of the true. The false is thereby given a power of its own. Finally, we will examine the theory of thought that motivates Deleuze's conception of philosophy. The fundamental theme of the paper is that, for Deleuze, truth is no longer a timeless universal to be discovered, but a singularity to be created (in time).

Friday Symposium with Dr. Daniel Smith: March 22nd, 12-2pm, Duquesne Union Room 109, Duquesne University

Title: "Time, Truth, and Thought"
Abstract: The symposium will continue the analysis of the themes raised in the talk, but in a more concrete context. The discussion will be oriented around a well-known paper by the Canadian philosopher Ian Hacking called "Making Up People." Hacking has famously shown how the creation of concepts-such as "homosexuality," "child abuse," "trauma," and so on-can have the effect of "making up people" when humans conform themselves to these classification in complex ways. More broadly, Hacking (who has often admitted his indebtedness to the work of Michel Foucault) has written about the importance of different "styles of reasoning" in the history of thought. The symposium will orient itself at the intersection of these three interrelated themes: the creation of concepts (Deleuze), the effects these concepts have on individuals (Hacking), and the styles of reasoning that condition them (Foucault, Hacking).

Please find Hacking's paper in the following link: http://goo.gl/HZ6k0

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited. Public parking is available at the Forbes St. Garage next to Duquesne University.