Scottish Center

for

Continental Philosophy

at the University of Dundee

Performativity

 

For Jean-Francois Lyotard, this is a critical term which designates the principle by which funding is allocated for research projects, but also, more broadly, by which any human activity is legitimated after the breakdown of religious and humanist systems of meaning. Performativity privileges the efficiency of the system, calculated as the  best input/output ratio, and operates with indifferent to the welfare of the human community.

“Why do we have to save money and time to the point where this imperative seems like the law of our lives? Because saving (at the level of the system as a whole) allows the system to increase the quantity of money given over to anticipating the future. This is particularly the case with the capital invested in research and development.”  

Lyotard, The Inhuman

SCCP Members

Prof. Nicholas Davey

Prof. Nicholas Davey

Philosophy Lecturer

University of Dundee

Dr. Todd Mei

Dr. Todd Mei

Philosophy Lecturer

University of Kent

Dr. Dominic Smith

Dr. Dominic Smith

Philosophy Lecturer

University of Dundee

Dr. Ashley Woodward

Dr. Ashley Woodward

Philosophy Lecturer

University of Dundee

Prof. James Williams

Prof. James Williams

Philosophy Lecturer

About SCCP

The Centre is based in the School of Humanities and brings together academics from Dundee, Scotland and the UK. It aims to foster the study of continental philosophy in all its historical and contemporary forms and to make connections to other philosophical traditions and academic disciplines.

The Centre organises conferences, workshops and seminars in continental philosophy. It brings together researchers and students interested in historical figures and contemporary debates. The Centre also connects to work in philosophy and the arts through its degree programme in Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practice and through research degrees in continental philosophy and the Master of Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

We have international links and current research programmes with Paris 8, Deakin University and the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion and Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy. The Centre has Erasmus links with Freiburg, Grenoble, Turin, Ostrava, Tilburg and Bilkent.

Contact the Organising Committee: 

School of Humanities

University of Dundee

Dundee

DD1 4HN

01382 388927

sccp@dundee.ac.uk

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