Tagged: Interviews

Interview with Heinz von Foerster, 1995.

This Interview was conducted by Stefano Franchi, Güven Güzeldere, and Eric Minch, representing Stanford Humanities Review. stanford humanities review: The primary goal of this special issue of SHR is to promote a multidisciplinary dialogue on Artificial Intelligence and the humanities. We think you are most qualified to facilitate such a dialogue since you have trotted along many disciplinary paths in your career, ranging from mathematics and physics to biophysics and hematology, to pioneering work on cybernetics, to philosophy, and even family therapy. One could even say that “transdisciplinarity” has been your expertise. . . . heinz von foerster: I don’t...

Bruno Latour: The Social as Association. 2004

From very early on, since science studies started, I have not considered the social to be at the center of sociology, and from this starting point I slowly developed an argument about the anthropology of modernity. So, it actually goes the other way: because I started in science studies I realized that the social was not at the center of sociology but rather what I call association.

Truth, Power, Self: Interview with Michel Foucault.

What I have studied are the three traditional problems:

What are the relations we have to truth through scientific knowledge, to those “truth games” which are so important in civilization and in which we are both subject and objects?
What are the relationships we have to others through those strange strategies and power relationships? And
what are the relationships between truth, power, and self?

Press Conference by Jacques Lacan in Rome, 29 October 1974.

Press Conference by Doctor Jacques Lacan at the French Cultural Center, Rome, 29 October 1974.Published in the Lettres de l’École freudienne, 1975, n° 16, pp. 6-26.  during which I have taught in a way that has carved out, it might be said, my positions. I [1] J. Lacan – I already took up my positions in psychoanalysis, in 1953 more precisely. There was a first Congress in October, in Rome. I think, (I didn’t ask), I imagine a sort of anniversary party was being planned for me: it’s quite a long time 21 years; the 21 years had already started...

Heidegger – Spiegel Interview

SPIEGEL: Professor Heidegger, we have noticed again and again that your philosophical work is somewhat overshadowed by incidents in your life that, although they didn’t last very long, were never clarified, either because you were too proud or because you did not find it expedient to comment on them.
HEIDEGGER: You mean 1933?
SPIEGEL: Yes, before and afterward. We would like to place it in a greater context and then to move on from there to a few questions that seem important to us, such as: What possibilities does philosophy have to influence reality, including political reality? Does this possibility still exist at all? And if so, what is it composed of?

Günter Gaus im Gespräch mit Hannah Arendt

Das Interview wurde am 28.10.1964 veröffentlicht. Was bleibt? Es bleibt die Muttersprache. Hannah Arendt’s Biographie: Hannah Arendt, geboren am 14. Oktober 1906 in Hannover, gestorben am 4. Dezember 1975 in New York. Aufgewachsen in Königsberg. Studium der Philosophie, Theologie und des Griechischen. 1933 aus rassischen Gründen emigriert. Bis 1940 Arbeit in einer Wohlfahrtsorganisation in Paris. Seit 1941 in den USA, war sie zunächst freie Journalistin, dann Lektorin, später Geschäftsführerin der Jewish Cultural Reconstruction. Nach eigenen Worten »fahrender Scholar« – Lehre der Politischen Theorie an verschiedenen Universitäten. 1963 Professorin an der Universität von Chicago. Ab 1967 »university professor« an der Graduate...

Deleuze on Kant

Gilles Deleuze wrote in a Letter to Michele Cressole” My book on Kant is different, I like it very much, I wrote it as a book on an enemy, in it I was trying to show how he works, what his mechanisms are…’ The following transcript of a lecture on Kant was given by Deleuze on 14/03/1978 in Vincennes. The title of the seminar was” Synthesis and Time.” The text can be found at Webdeleuze.com Introduction “We are returning to Kant. May this be an occasion for you to skim, read or re-read The Critique of Pure Reason. There is...

Louis Althusser – Philosophy as a Revolutionary Weapon

Interview with Maria Antonietta Macciocchi; February 1968; First Published: in L’Unità, 1968, this translation first published in New Left Review, 1971; 1 Can you tell us a little about your personal history? What brought you to Marxist philosophy? In 1948, when I was 30, I became a teacher of philosophy and joined the PCF. Philosophy was an interest; I was trying to make it in my profession. Politics was a passion; I was trying to become a Communist militant. My interest in philosophy was aroused by materialism and its critical function: for scientific knowledge, against all the mystifications of ideological...

Interview with Simone de Beauvoir, 1976

Simone de Beauvoir wrote a groundbreaking book on Feminism,  “The Second Sex,” in 1949.  In the following interview she discusses the text,  more than 25 years after it was written. Interview: John Gerassi, 1976; Published: Society, Jan-Feb. 1976; Gerassi. It’s now about twenty-five years since The Second Sex was published. Many people, especially in America, consider it the beginning of the contemporary feminist movement. Would you … Beauvoir. I don’t think so. The current feminist movement, which really started about five or six years ago, did not really know the book. Then, as the movement grew, some of the leaders...

Jürgen Habermas: postsecular world?

In the following interview, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas speculates about the end of secularization in the West. The background for this idea of post-secularism is the Islamic challenge to the West, as it erupted in the events after September 2011. The interview was conducted by Eduardo Mendieta, translated by Matthias Fritsch, and is quoted from the website “Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere.” A postsecular world society?: an interview with Jürgen Habermas EM: Over the last couple of years you have been working on the question of religion from a series of perspectives: philosophical, political, sociological, moral,...

Wilfred Bion: A Seminar in Paris. 1978

We have become used to the idea that psychoanalysis is an attempt to make a scientific approach to the human personality. It is a view which attaches great importance to facts, to the truth, to the real thing. If that is so, there are plenty of people who are scientists without that official categorization. A painter, for example, may believe that a painting should be true to truth, should show you some aspect of reality which you might otherwise not notice.

Interview with Jacques Lacan

Interview with Jacques Lacan, 1957 Published in L’Express in May 1957. Interviewer: A psychoanalyst is very intimidating. One has the feeling that he could manipulate you as he wishes, that he knows more than you about the motives of your actions. Dr. Lacan: Don’t exaggerate. Do you think that this effect is exclusive to the psycho-analyst? An economist, for many, is as mysterious as an analyst. In our time, it is the expert who intimidates. With psychology, even when seen as a science, everyone thought they had the insider’s track. Now, with psychoanalysis, we have the feeling of having lost...