FERREIRA DA SILVA Denise, On Sensibility. Chaire Internationale de Philosophie Contemporaine

Semestre 2
Jeudi 15h-17h
Dates : February 16 ; February 23, March 09 ; March 30 ; April 13 ; April 20 ; May 11, and May 25
Le séminaire comprend 8 séances de deux heures chacune, en anglais, il est validable au même titre que les autres cours ouverts en Master et Licence.
Master et Licence
Chaire Internationale de Philosophie Contemporaine
On Sensibility
Both basic meanings of the term category (division and class) recall both multiplicity (actual existents or events [spatiotemporal occurrences]) and linearity (in the sense of something that separates [category as division] and encloses category as class]. As such a category is a hybrid of sorts : a material (multiplicity) and formal (linearity) signifier, as something that invokes the tools of thought and that to which it turns in modern knowledge, that is, things or nature or the world. Taking the category of blackness as a guide, in this seminar we will read Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgement, with the intent to track how linearity and multiplicity enter in his mapping of the aesthetic. Of crucial importance to this unorthodox reading of the Third Critique is precisely the fact that blackness (as exemplified in the many cases of police brutality against black persons) functions in the imagination as a signifier of a threat, so great that before it otherwise unacceptable violence and indifference are immediately authorized because deemed necessary for self-preservation. Because, as found in every justification for such acts of brutality, this is not due to lack of knowledge, but to how blackness (as skin color) has been social scientifically produced as a signifier of criminality, the ethic-juridic role it performs calls for a a consideration of how the Kantian figuring of the aesthetic outlines a sensibility (the one which would be re-presented in later delineations of the field) that cannot but approach that which is divided and enclosed by the category of blackness as a datum, that is, as something that belongs to the sphere of the sensible and not ( as it is the case) that of the intelligible.
Indications bibliographiques :
Theodor Adorno. Aesthetic Theory. London, New York : Continuum, 1997.
Nahum D. Chandler. X : The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought. New York : Fordham University Press, 2013.
Denise Ferreira da Silva. Unpayable Debt. Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2022.
Saidiya Hartman. Scenes of Subjection. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Immanuel Kant. Critique of the Power of Judgement. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Fred Moten. Black and Blur. Durham : Duke University Press, 2017.
Hortense Spillers. Black, White, and Color. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Sylvia Wynter. “Rethink Aesthetics : Notes Towards a Deciphering Practice.” Ex-iles : Essays on Caribbean Cinema. Ed. Mbye Cham. Africa World Press : 238–279, 1992.