Seminar Series: J. D. Mininger

The Institute of Philosophy of the Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences kindly invites you to the upcoming talk of its seminar series:

J. D. Mininger:
Anxiety: Genealogy of a Philosophical Discourse

Date and Venue of the lecture: 11th May 2015, 4.00 pm, Institute of Philosophy, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 30. Országház Street, 2. floor, "Pepita" room.

Contrary to the philosophical understanding of anxiety popularized by canonical figures such as Søren Kierkegaard and Martin Heidegger, which figures anxiety as a universal and perpetually given human condition, this lecture explores the possibility that anxiety as a philosophical concern is an historically and peculiarly modern preoccupation. The arc of the lecture pursues a kind of genealogy of the philosophical discourse of anxiety, beginning with Kierkegaard and Heidegger, and buoyed further by analysis of Michel Foucault’s lectures on the hermeneutics of the Subject, which implicate the essential historicity of anxiety (e.g. at what point did anxiety become a preoccupation of Western self-understanding?), and reflections by Paulo Virno on the changing nature of how the experience of anxiety is articulated today—publicly and socially as opposed to privately and inwardly.

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