Critical Theory Chicago Hosts Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire

Publisher’s Blurb: “In their international bestseller Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri presented a grand unified vision of a world in which the old forms of imperialism are no longer effective. But what of Empire in an age of “American empire”? Has fear become our permanent condition and democracy an impossible dream? Such pessimism is…

Capitalism and Feminism: Federici’s Caliban and the Witch

Capitalism and Feminism Silvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation Every other Monday 6-8 pm At the Harold Washington Library On April 1st, we will be in the 6th floor SOUTH study room For all meetings after the 1st, we will be in the 6th floor NORTH study room Caliban…

Deleuze and Guattari: What is Philosophy?

D & G: What is Philosophy? Every other Monday from 6-8 pm At the Harold Washington Library We meet in the 6th Floor North Study Room “Deleuze and Guattari differentiate between philosophy, science, and the arts, seeing as means of confronting chaos, and challenge the common view that philosophy is an extension of logic. The…

Accessible Badiou: Ethics

Reading Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil Every other Monday January 14th through March 11th 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room   From Peter Hallward’s translator’s introduction to this essay: “Indeed for a general audience, and first published in a popular series of student-friendly engagements with major philosophical topics…

Of Grammatology Part II

Join our discussion of Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology. We will continue our discussion by finishing part II. Critical Theory Chicago meets Mondays at the Harold Washington Library 6-8pm in the 6th floor north study room. Note: The library is closed Feb. 18th. We will be at Half Sour at Polk and Clark “The opposition of…

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

Join us to discuss Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism (PDF). Critical Theory Chicago meets Mondays at the Harold Washington Library 6-8pm in the 6th floor north study room. “After 1989, capitalism has presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system. What effects has this “capitalist realism” had on work, culture, education and mental health? Is it…

Discussion: Derrida’s Of Grammatology

Of Grammatology Part I Chapter 3 “Of Grammatology as a Positive Science” Monday October 22nd 6-8pm Meeting at the Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room   Derrida. You know the name, but what can you say about this writer? If you would like to know more about Derrida’s work, join us for a…

What’s So Great About Democracy Anyway?

Democracy in What State? Reading: “From Democracy to Divine Violence” by Slavoj Zizek Monday October 22, 2018 6-8pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room   Democracy. What is it? Should we still care about it? This question was posed to the note-worthy thinkers in Democracy in What State? to address modern notions of…

Paris is Burning: Reading and a Screening

Saturday July 14th 6-9pm at Pro Musica “James Baldwin makes the point in The Fire Next Time that “people who cannot suffer can never grow up, can never discover who they are.” Without being sentimental about suffering, Dorian Carey urges all of us to break through denial, through the longing for an illusory star identity,…

Contingency, Hegemony, Universality

Contemporary Dialogues on the Left – Book Discussion July 16th 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room Critical Theory Chicago widens the discussion that began with Hegemony and Socialist Strategy to include theorists in discussion with each other. So often, theorists, philosophers, or non-fiction texts are read as stand-alone arguments, but they…