Contingency, Hegemony, Universality

Contemporary Dialogues on the Left – Book Discussion Every Other Monday March 12 through July 16, 2018 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…

Marx Seminar – “Das Kapital”

Author’s Prefaces and Chapter 1 “Commodities” February 19, 2018 6-8pm at Sociale   RSVP Via Meetup.com or email criticaltheorychicago@gmail.com We start on our journey through Marx’s magnum opus “Capital,” where he seeks “to lay bare the economic law of motion of modern society.” Our approach will be multi-leveled. In addition to being the greatest political…

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…

Labor and Life – A CTC Discussion

[T]he daily fight in which the human body is engaged to keep their world clean and prevent its decay bears little resemblance to heroic deeds; the endurance it needs to repair every day anew the waste of of yesterday is not courage, and what makes the effort painful is not danger but its relentless repetition….

An Agonistic Model of Democracy – Mouffe v. Arendt

And, now for something completely different… …Well, at least someone who disagrees with some of Arendt’s main points – Chantal Mouffe. Our discussions around Arendt’s political writings, as thought provoking in informative as they are, often left some attendees wondering what options we have for political structures in this brave new modern capitalist world. Perhaps…