Catherine Malabou – From the Overman to the Posthuman: How Many Ends?


Event Date: 22 March 2013
Jeffrey Hall
Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way,
London WC1H 0AL

The Birkebeck School of Law presents:

Professor Catherine Malabou (Kingston) – From the Overman to the Posthuman: How Many Ends?

In this presentation, I will read and discuss Derrida’s text The Ends of Man (Margins Of Philosophy), and ask what remains of the notions of The Human, Humanity, and Humanism after deconstruction. To what extent are we still allowed to elaborate a notion of the “proper” of man?
This will also be a reflection on Nietzsche and current biology.

Catherine Malabou studied in Paris at the renowned Sorbonne University. Professor Malabou wrote her dissertation on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) under the direction of the critical French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004). She has taught at Nanterre University in Paris, in the United States at the University of California at Berkeley, in Buffalo as well as at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Today Dr. Malabou is a full-time professor at the Centre for Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University in the United Kingdom and is also a Professor at the European Graduate School (EGS) where she teaches an intensive summer seminar. Her work spans continental philosophy and neuroscience/neuro-psychoanalysis. She is a specialist of contemporary French and German philosophy. Her work has focused on the critical thought of Hegel and Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), and has developed novel concepts through her critical engagement with contemporary philosophers like Jacques Derrida.

This lecture is the keynote address of the 16th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, hosted by the Birkbeck School of Law.

Unfortunately, Catherine Malabou was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. However,  she sent her paper to be read, and you can listen to the plenary session below:

General Introduction by Professor  George Pavlich (University of Alberta):


Introduction to Catherine Malabou and her work by Dr. Brenna Bhandar (Queen Mary, University of London):


Catherine Malabou’s plenary read by Professor Jon Goldberg-Hiller (University of Hawaii):


Vote of Thanks by Professor Timothy Campbell (Cornell):


Closing Comments:




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