Metaphors of Violence and Immunity in Philosophical Discourse on the Body

When:2 Dec 2014, 1pm - 3pm
Venue:Morven Brown 209 (map ref C20)
Who:Ann Murphy, University of New Mexico
Ann Murphey

Philosophy Seminar


This talk engages the role of violence and immunity as especially resonant tropes in philosophical discourse on the body in the continental tradition. In dialogue with feminist thinkers Michele Le Dœuff, Luce Irigaray, Judith Butler, and Eve Sedgwick, I think through the problems that are posed when the bond between materiality and violence calcifies to such a degree that it is hard to imagine or theorize one without the other. My worry is that the omnipresence of violent metaphors and images in contemporary theory may be narrowing the space for the elaboration of a non-violent ethics of embodiment.


Ann V. Murphy is assistant professor of philosophy at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She is the author of Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary (SUNY Press, 2012). Her interests are in the philosophy of gender, twentieth-century French philosophy, phenomenology, and political philosophy. She is at work on a second monograph provisionally entitled Critique of Transcendental Violence.

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