Caputo’s Fall Courses and Accelerationism Audio

I’ve been pretty quiet since moving to Chicago for the Fall quarter, buried under lecture writing and work on my dissertation, but I wanted to flag up two audio resources that may be of interest to AUFS readers.

First, John Caputo is teaching his final two graduate courses before he retires at the end of the academic year. You may find pdfs of the course syllabi at his website. One course is on Derrida and the other is on the future of Continental philosophy of religion. For the second course he is engaging with AUFS favorites Catherine Malabou and François Laruelle (Caputo is the first to use Future Christ: A Lesson in Heresy in a course) in addition to using parts of the the edited volume After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion (Amazon: US, UK). Audio of the lectures are being posted online as they happen, so those interested may follow along with the course and the readings.

Recently, in London, there was an event on the release of a collection of essays by the theorist Nick Land. A number of people spoke at the event, including Ray Brassier and AUFS contributor Alex Andrews. The audio is available at the Backdoor Broadcasting Company website.

13 thoughts on “Caputo’s Fall Courses and Accelerationism Audio

  1. That is the coolest syllabus I have ever seen. Some APS, some Speculative Heresy, some Meillassoux for good measure and hell Nihil Unbound as required reading. Thanks for posting the audio. I had no idea it was being recorded.

  2. Is Nick Land still around? He was a legend in the UK in the 80s and 90s, but disappeared from academia. There was talk of narcosis, etc., but his ideas (‘hyperstition’ for instance) are fascinating.

  3. Ken,

    If you listen to Mark Fisher and Ray Brassier’s bit, both of whom knew him in person, that is basically implied, or psychosis at the least. I think the general consensus is that Nick Land took the practice of his own brand of ‘mad black Deleuzianism’ very very seriously, to the point of self-induced schizophrenia. Someone told me that he left the UK and is living abroad in recovery.

  4. So leaving academia = death or psychosis? Did he leave because of psychosis or is psychosis a result of leaving? Is it not odd to publish someone’s “complete works” while they are still alive (even if psychotic)?

  5. As far as I know, it isn’t his complete but collected works and again, as far as I know, he left because of psychosis, not the other way around.

  6. I had Jack for his first Derrida and Heidegger lectures when he arrived at SU in 2004. He is indeed an amazing lecturer and will leave gigantic shoes to fill in Syracuse.

  7. I had Caputo for several courses at Villanova 20+ years ago – at the time he felt the obligation to provide phenomenology courses on Husserl and the early Heidegger, as well as seminars on Derrida’s Glas and Lyotard. While I sometimes didn’t agree with is readings (I was a rather presumptuous young man at the time) he was an engaging and exciting lecturer. I am struck by his engagement with all the new “speculative realism” and I wonder what he thinks of it? I highly recommend people follow the course – his voice will be missed.

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