Symposium: A Matter of Sorrow
Place: Das Bureau of Melodramatic Reseach in Bucharest
Topic: Congress of Pessimism continues. An event by The Bureau of Melodramatic Research
Part of the Congress of Pessimism, which started in March 2014 and continues throughout April. The Bureau of Melodramatic Research introduces two international theorists:
Nicola Masciandaro (Brooklyn College, CUNY) A Matter of Sorrow: The Trouble with Not Being Born & Following the Sigh 23 & 24 April 2014, 7 pm Two lectures concerning a universal theory of sorrow. Radicalizing Heidegger’s insight that “the being of Da-sein is care [Sorge, sorrow],” I will affirm that sorrow belongs to the simple fact of being. Far from being limited to the evolutionary environment of our terrestrial sphere or the humoral confines of the human, sorrow is more properly a weird kind of cosmic substance composed of all being’s refusal of itself, the intrinsic negation of its own event.
Ben Woodard (University of Western Ontario) This Wandering Insignificance: The Desert of Reason & The Sea of Nature 26 & 27 April 2014, 5 pm The image of the wandering thinker has become a crudely romantic portrayal of the philosopher whether Aristotle’s peripatetic method or Heidegger thinking on a forest path. In either case the figure of the philosopher is a trivial explorer of the many facets of life in order to speak broadly and widely in an attempt to conjure some ghost of meaning. In these two lectures I will attempt to articulate the wandering mode of philosophy in line with the Stoic, ancient Chinese, pragmatic and idealist traditions. For more informations, click here.