Colloquium: Political Action in the 19th century between utilitarianism, liberalism and Marx.

When:28 Jul 2017, 9am - 5:30pm
Venue:Morven Brown 310 (map ref C20)
Who:Various
Colloquium: Political Action in the 19th century between utilitarianism, liberalism and Marx.

You are invited to a special Philosophy event co-organized by the School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW and the Collège Internationale de Philosophie titled:

Colloquium: Political Action in the 19th century between utilitarianism, liberalism and Marx.

Rationale

The aim of this colloquium is to compare concepts of political action in the English liberal and utilitarian traditions with those found in Marx. Thanks to the contributions of a number of well-known Australian researchers in political philosophy and critical theory, this colloquium forms the international column of a College Internationale de Philosophie research seminar on political action run by Oliver Feltham. The research seminar is designed to develop a genealogy of political action in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by identifying various models of political action at work in both political practice and modern philosophy. What is at stake is neither a confrontation of ideologies nor one more critique of liberalism, but the construction of a comparative ontology of the actual efficacy, the taking place, of what has been called politics.

Programme

9:00 – 9:15 Accueil, Paul Patton

9:15 – 10:15 Oliver Feltham (American University of Paris, University of New South Wales), “A comparative ontology of models of political action: liberalism and utililitarianism”

10:15 – 11:15 Jessica Whyte (Western Sydney University), “Political Action and Economic Man: From Mill to Mises”

11:15 – 12:15 Geoff Boucher (Deakin University), “Towards a Neo-functionalist Ontology of the Political—After Althusser, but not Post-Marxism”

Lunch break

13:30 – 14:30 Mark G.E. Kelly (University of New South Wales), “Action and normativity in nineteenth century political thought: the cases of Marx and utilitarianism”

14:30 – 15:15 Charles Barbour (Western Sydney University), “The Uses of Marx: Law, Economics, Action”

15:15 – 16:00 Miguel Vatter (University of New South Wales), Response to Mark Kelly and Charles Barbour and Discussion

Coffee break

16:30- 17:30 Paul Patton (University of New South Wales), “Utilitarianism and Liberal Governmentality in Foucault”

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