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Reading the Enemies present Stephen Howard: ‘Dominic Cummings: The Errant Philosopher of Brexit’
April 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST
In the first workshop of Reading the enemies in spring 2019, Stephen Howard examines the thought of Dominic Cummings, one of the chief ideologues of Brexit. According to Howard, Cummings’ writings express an eclectic, Nietzschean worldview—beyond the customary divisions of left and right-wing politics. Cummings’ views on social change, technology, education and genetics reveal his hopes for a radically new Britain that could emerge from the political crisis that is Brexit.
Stephen Howard is a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He primarily works on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century German philosophy from Leibniz to Kant. He has also published on Heidegger, Foucault and Agamben, has written on politics for Novara, and is a co-founder of the [Again] philosophy and critical theory network. He lives in Brussels.
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Reading the Enemies is a series of workshops where invited speakers present readings of their enemies: texts or arguments that are in opposition to their own politics. The workshops allow the participants to engage head-on with the political aspects of intellectual and artistic practices. While scholarly work normally tends to downplay, if not bracket, subjective positions, Reading the Enemies aims to bring such positions to the fore. The aim of the project is to create a collective space for the production of shared political opinion.