Gotham Philosophical Society

May 23, 2017

The Manhattan Project: A conversation between David Kishik and Zed Adams

The Manhattan Project: A conversation between David Kishik and Zed Adams

Join us Monday, June 5th at 7pm for a conversation between David Kishik, author of The Manhattan Project, and Zed Adams, co-editor of Giving a Damn, at Book Culture on 112th St.

This sharp, witty study of a book never written, a sequel to Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project, is dedicated to New York City, capital of the twentieth century. A sui generis work of experimental scholarship or fictional philosophy, it analyzes an imaginary manuscript composed by a ghost.

Part sprawling literary montage, part fragmentary theory of modernity, part implosive manifesto on the urban revolution, The Manhattan Project offers readers New York as a landscape built of sheer life. It initiates them into a world of secret affinities between photography and graffiti, pragmatism and minimalism, Andy Warhol and Robert Moses, Hannah Arendt and Jane Jacobs, the flâneur and the homeless person, the collector and the hoarder, the glass-covered arcade and the bare, concrete street. These and many other threads can all be spooled back into one realization: for far too long, we have busied ourselves with thinking about ways to change the city; it is about time we let the city change the way we think.

David Kishik is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Emerson College. He is the author of The Manhattan Project: A Theory of a City, which was just released in paperback by Stanford University Press. His previous books are The Power of Life: Agamben and the Coming Politics (Stanford, 2012) and Wittgenstein’s Form of Life (Continuum, 2008). He is also the co-translator of Giorgio Agamben’s Nudities and What Is an Apparatus.

Zed Adams is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of Genealogy of Color: A Case Study in Historicized Conceptual Analysis (Routledge 2015) and the co-editor of Giving a Damn: Essays in Dialogue with John Haugeland (MIT 2016). He is currently working on a book on sound recording.

This is event is FREE and open to the public.
Event address:
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
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Published: Stanford University Press – March 14th, 2017
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April 25, 2017

Out of Our Electoral Darkness: Introducing Lottocracy

Out of Our Electoral Darkness: Introducing Lottocracy
As Aristotle (roughly) put it: if you want oligarchy, have elections; if you want democracy, use lotteries.  In this talk, philosopher Alex Guerrero brings this idea into the 21st century, arguing that 6 deep pathologies of electoral representative democracy prevent us from having real democracy, that is from having the State work for all of us, rather than just the most powerful of us.  He maintains that these problems with electoral representative democracy run deep, so that even politically unlikely reforms with respect to campaign finance, lobbying, gerrymandering, and so on, would not be enough to make a significant improvement.  In our most recent presidential election, both Sanders supporters and Trump supporters shared this sentiment: our political system is broken, as it works for the wealthiest of Americans, but certainly not for all.  In his talk, Guerrero offers a way forward, through what he calls “lottocratic” government.  In this system, law is made by issue-specific legislatures, rather than generalist legislatures (like Congress), and the members of these issue-specific legislatures are chosen by lottery from the general citizenry.  After introducing these systems of government, he will discuss some relevant historical examples of institutions of this kind, and discuss some of their possible advantages and disadvantages.
Please join us for this thought-provoking and possibly change-inducing discussion. It is the first in a planned series of discussions co-sponsored by the Gotham Philosophical Society and the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences, titled ‘Rethinking Political Society.’ 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:15pm, Room 9206
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue (at 34th Street)
New York, New York 10016
(212) 817-7944

Alexander Guerrero is a philosopher specializing in political, legal, and moral philosophy, and topics in epistemology that relate to those three areas.  He attended Harvard College and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Philosophy.  He completed his PhD in Philosophy from New York University and his JD from New York University School of Law.  While a law student, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York University Law Review.  Alex joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Philosophy in 2012, and has secondary appointments in the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine.  His work has appeared in a number of leading philosophical and legal journals, including Philosophy and Public Affairs, Philosophical Studies, Ethics, Legal Theory, Public Affairs Quarterly, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Criminal Law and Philosophy, and Jurisprudence.  He is currently working on a book-length project, The Lottocratic Alternative, in which he introduces the “lottocratic” system of government, and argues that we should use lotteries to choose our political officials, rather than elections.
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April 22, 2017

Society at the Crossroads: A Conversation between Amartya Sen and Akeel Bilgrami

Society at the Crossroads: A Conversation between Amartya Sen and Akeel Bilgrami

Join us at the Rubin Museum of Art, on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 6pm!

Society is at a crossroads. The importance of asking questions to understand where we’ve been, why we’re here, and where we’re going, has never felt more pressing.

Philosophical thought sits at the center of this quest for answers. In this talk, co-presented by the Rubin Museum of Art, Professors Amartya Sen (Economics and Philosophy, Harvard) and Akeel Bilgrami (Philosophy, Columbia) will consider the nature of philosophy in the past and present, its relation to the social sciences and humanities, and its role in  public and private life, both material and spiritual.

Gotham Philosophical Society members can redeem $10 tickets using the discount code: GPS10. 

The Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
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January 6, 2017

Buddhist Meditation, Mental Freedom, and Free Will

Buddhist Meditation, Mental Freedom, and Free Will

It is a generally accepted principle of Buddhist philosophy that it denies the ultimate reality of the self as an autonomously existing entity. Yet the philosopher Rick Repetti, who is also a seasoned practitioner and instructor of meditation and yoga, argues that the Buddhist view of meditation is in fact a method of cultivating mental freedom, and that such cultivation simultaneously increases free will. Join Dr. Repetti as he takes us on a journey into the Buddhist perspective in order to dissolve the apparent tension of free will for selves that do not exist.

Wednesday, February 1 at 6pm. This event is part of the Philosophy Series at The Cornelia Street Café, located at 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014 (near Sixth Avenue and West 4th St.). Admission is $10, which includes the price of one drink. Reservations are recommended (212. 989.9319)

Dr. Repetti is Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Kingsborough, the co-founder and co-leader of the CUNY Contemplatives Network, and a Fellow with the Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society. He has published over a dozen articles, chapters, and books about, Buddhism, meditation, mental freedom, and free will, among other articles in the areas of ethics, philosophy of religion, and contemplative philosophy of education. His most recent book is Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency? (London: Routledge, 2016)

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