What’s So Great About Democracy Anyway?

Democracy in What State? Reading: “Democracies Against Democracy” by Jaques Ranciere Monday September 24, 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 democracy: “Is…

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…

Marx Seminar – “Das Kapital”

Reading Kapital Part VIII “The So-Called Primitive Accumulation” Monday June 9th 6-8pm at the Harold Washington Library in the North Study Room RSVP Via Meetup.com or email criticaltheorychicago@gmail.com “Production of surplus-value is the absolute law of this mode of production.” “The relative mass of the industrial reserve-army increases therefore with the potential energy of wealth….

Hegemony and Socialist Strategy

Towards a Radical Democratic Politics – Book Discussion Every Other Monday Jan 29, Feb 12, and Feb 26, 2018 6-8 PM “Is there a power that is not always already fucked up?” – Always Already Podcast Critical Theory Chicago is hosting a book discussion about Hegemony and Socialist Strategy by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe….

Arendt is a Racist? Reflections on Little Rock

Reading: “Reflections on Little Rock” Monday November 20, 2017 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room Philosophers and Critical Theorists are familiar with issues of anti-Semitism in Heidegger’s work, and Arendt’s relationship with Heidegger has of course been part of those discussions. Hannah Arendt is widely understood to be a highly regarded Jewish…

The Archaeology of a Silence: Hegemony and Socialist Strategy

Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Chapter 1 “Hegemony: the Genealogy of a Concept” Monday Sept. 23 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room “The aim is still to radicalize democracy, but in order to radicalize it you first need to recover it.” –Chantal Mouffe For this night’s discussion, please read the first chapter…

Freedom’s Just Another Word: The “Atlanta Compromise”

Monday Oct. 9 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room Sign up using this form or through Meetup.com At this Critical Theory Chicago event, we will discuss the “Atlanta Exposition Speech” through Booker T. Washington’s reflections and W.E.B. DuBois’ rebuttal. The readings for this Meetup are:  1. Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery,…

The Fact of Blackness

CTC Discussion: The Fact of Blackness Monday September 11, 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room [PDF] The Fact of Blackness Add this to your calendar “And then the occasion arose when I had to meet the white man’s eyes. An unfamiliar weight burdened me. The real world challenged my claims. In the…

Labor, Fertility, and Property – CTC Arendt Discussion

[…] labor became the source of all productivity and the expression of the very humanity of man. -The Human Condition pg 101 To understand labor, property, and wealth in modernity, we will discuss how these came to be understood by the great political thinkers of modernity – Locke, Smith, Marx, and Arendt. To continue our…