Cite as: Damiano Sacco, Introduction to the keynote Catherine Malabou, ‘Why the Need for a Philosophical Exploration of Anarchism Today?’, part of the conference Anarchē, ICI Berlin, 8 July 2021, video recording, mp4, 06:20 <>
8 Jul 2021


By Damiano Sacco

Video in English

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Part of the Keynote

Why the Need for a Philosophical Exploration of Anarchism Today? / Catherine Malabou

In this talk, Catherine Malabou will elaborate on the current crisis of horizontality, which can be attributed to the flexible architecture of the Internet and the factual anarchism it makes possible. Is it possible to genuinely differentiate political anarchism from anarcho-capitalism? Malabou will show that a new philosophical elaboration of anarchy is needed to sustain such a differentiation, and the extent to which the concepts of anarchy provided by some of the most prominent thinkers of the twentieth century (Schürmann, Foucault, or Rancière) can help with yet are ultimately insufficient for this task.

Catherine Malabou is a professor of philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University (UK) and in the departments of Comparative Literature and European Languages and Studies at UC Irvine. Her last books include Before Tomorrow: Epigenesis and Rationality (2016, trans. Carolyn Shread), Morphing Intelligence: From IQ Measurement to Artifial Brains (2019, trans. Carolyn Shread), and Le Plaisir effacé. Clitoris et pensée (2020). 


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Damiano Sacco
Facundo Vega

Part of the Conference

Anarchē: Philosophy, Politics, and the Question of the Ground

Confronted with an arguably incomplete critique of the notion and history of sovereignty, contemporary lines of thinking have forcefully returned to the inquiry into political foundations. These theoretical approaches in philosophy and the humanities at large have attempted to find possibilities of dialogue concerning the critique of sovereign structures of power, the undoing of systemic violence, as well as the development of ideas of community and mutual aid. The conference ‘Anarchē’ aims to investigate the contemporary philosophical attempts at questioning traditional concepts of political foundations in order to rethink the central notion of ground or archē.


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Emily Apter
Bruno Bosteels
Susan Buck-Morss
Donatella Di Cesare
Rebecca Comay
Simona Forti
Stathis Gourgouris
Claudia Hilb
Peter Szendy
Miguel Vatter
Catherine Malibou

Organized by

Damiano Sacco
Facundo Vega
An ICI event in cooperation with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino and the Centre Marc Bloch