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Deconstruction of the economy // Philosophy seminar organised by CIVIS3i researcher - 28 February 2024, online

The seminar will take place in a hybrid format, in person and by videoconference. 

For more information  contact giustinodemichele at gmail dot com

More information here (in French): 

The reference to the terminology of economics is a massive and determining feature of deconstructive thought, and in particular of the work of Jacques Derrida. Its very trademark, “différance”, is defined as an “economic notion”. Deconstruction is an attempt to describe a structure of reality based on a postulate of non-conservation of any principle (whether energy, value, life, or meaning). This thought therefore includes a critique of any law (nomos) of property and proximity (oikos). Metaphors and economic notions determine the deconstructive theorization of perception, meaning, epistemology, ethics and politics, as well as the structure of experience itself. In On Grammatology, this conceptual generality is empirically linked to the historical connection between the rise of writing and that of a “monetary and pre-monetary economy”. A consideration of the relationship between gift, exchange and currency will subsequently structure any deconstructive reflection on ethics, politics, and in particular law, in the form of an open dialectic between the calculable and the incalculable, negotiation and the 'unconditional. However, this thought has never addressed the field of economics: neither economic phenomena, nor the texts of economists, nor the documents marking economic history. This seminar aims to address this connection, and to question the possibility of applying it to contemporary economic issues.



Wednesday February 28, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (CEST, Paris time), University Paris 8, Library, Research Room

     Giustino DE MICHELE (Aix-Marseille University) Introduction

     Behrang POURHOSSEINI (Paris 8 University, Vincennes – Saint-Denis) (An)economy of the community

Wednesday March 6, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., University Paris 8, Library, Research Room

     Gabriel REZENDE (Universidade Federal da Paraíba, UFPB) The price of deconstruction.

Friday April 5, 5-7 p.m., Aix-Marseille University, House of Research

     Francesco VITALE (Università degli Studi di Salerno) Economy of life. Between reproduction and deconstruction

Wednesday April 24, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Librairie Utopia, Paris 5th

     Patrick MARDELLAT (Sciences Po Lille) Deconstruction and economic philosophy

Wednesday May 15, 5-7 p.m., Librairie Utopia, Paris 5th

     Peter SZENDY (Brown University) Wear and deconstruction

Wednesday June 5, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Librairie Utopia, Paris 5th

     Antonella CORSANI (University Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne) Unconditional subsistence income or the deconstruction of work value


This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 101034324, and from the French government under the France 2030 investment plan, as part of the Initiative d'Excellence d'Aix-Marseille University – A*MIDEX, ref. AMX-22-COF-412.