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RNCM Research Forum – Simon Clarke

Dialectics, Deconstruction, Dialetheism

Wednesday 21 February 2024, 4.15pm

RNCM Lecture Theatre

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This study day concerns itself with various disparate topics and methodologies that can nonetheless be taken as unified in their ‘paradoxico-critical’ (Livingston, 2012) formal orientations. Thus, dialectics, deconstruction and dialetheism (associated in the first instance with thinkers as divergent as Hegel, Derrida and Priest), what we will here refer to as 3-D philosophy, may all be seen to revolve around irreducible contradictions and their consequences.

These ‘limit paradoxes’, whereby concepts, signifiers or formal propositions can only belong to their respective groupings if they can’t in fact possibly belong to them (e.g., Russell’s paradox, viz. the set of all sets that don’t belong to themselves), have far-reaching implications, some of the dimensions of which (be they metaphysical, aesthetic, political, scientific etc.) we seek to explore here.


Free admission, no ticket required.

This event will end at approximately 5.45pm.

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Wednesday 21 February 2024, 4.15pm