Catherine Malabou – TeleologiⒶ


Event Date: 9 June 2017

Clatton Lecture Theatre
Kinston University
Penrhyn Road campus
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) presents:

Teleology: Conceptual Corpse or Plastic Concept?

The 2017 CRMEP Graduate Conference will revisit the concept of teleology after and beyond its seemingly irredeemable fall from grace in the second half of the 20th century. Between numerous critiques and intermittent revivals of the image of history as an ideal and uninterrupted continuity driven by teleological movement, teleology itself appeared as something akin to a Begriffsleiche: a conceptual corpse roaming the periphery of philosophical discourse after its death – a theoretical implausibility at best and a political disaster at worst.

At the beginning of the 21st century, there is a growing suspicion that we might not have done away with teleology once and for all, indispensable as it is for thought on history, biology, technics and other domains. It is in this context that this conference will pose teleology as a problem to contemporary philosophical practices and investigate some of the ways in which the concept continues to impose itself on us. This imposition is of such a kind as to necessitate a critical reworking of the concept, beyond its ‘post-modernist’ critique, to shed light on its continuing presence within a whole number of fields of enquiry that it helps to construct.

The keynote address by Catherine Malabou (CRMEP) has been recorded and is available here:

Professor Catherine Malabou (CRMEP) – TeleologiⒶ :


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