In Conversation: Ray Brassier and Iain MacKenzie (prep days)

We regret to inform you that the conversation with Ray and Iain on 5 March has been postponed. The prep sessions on Monday 24 & Wednesday 26 February are still happening and we encourage you to still come along to these. We will have updates about a rescheduled date for the conversation soon.

During these prep sessions with Iain Mackenzie, we will prepare the conversation and familiarise ourselves with Brassier’s work.

These two sessions are not compulsory and you may come to just one or both of them, or you can read the texts at home. It is advised however that you do try to attend, so that you may feel more prepared join in and ask questions during the conversation.

The reading for these prep sessions, a review of Ray’s book ‘Nihil Unbound’ by Knox Peden (himself a formidable theorist), and a chapter of Ray’s from 2010 that outlines his basic ontological position, may be found here and here.

Iain MacKenzie is a member of the Centre for Critical Thought at the University of Kent with a longstanding interest in critical theory and poststructuralism. Recent publications include the article, ‘Totalising Institutions, Critique and Resistance’ in Contemporary Political Theory (2019), and the book, Resistance and the Politics of Truth (transcript Press, 2018).

Ray Brassier is a member of the philosophy faculty at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is the author of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction (Palgrave Macmillan 2007). He is currently writing about Marx, freedom, and fate.