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31 Jul 2008

Thinking Nothing

Falmouth University, Wood Lane Campus, Falmouth

One-day conference on ‘the void and its resurgence in contemporary thought’

From the emergence of empty set as a basis for ontology, to materialist negative theology, to Thomas Metzinger’s ‘nemocentric’ destitution of the subject, contemporary thought seems to be obsessed with nothing. But the politics of this nothing seems drastically different from its earlier existentialist and postmodern nihilistic incarnations.

The symposium explored the problem of nothing in contemporary thought, asking precisely how the postulation of an inherent negativity as a productive realm of philosophical discourse has come to characterise our intellectual landscape, and how the contemporary void relates to those of Ancient and Modern philosophical traditions.