March 20, 2019

Discussion on Mark Losoncz’s Books “Time, Complexity and Consciousness. Temporality in Bergson’s and Husserl’s philosophy of time” and “Blindness and Capital”

The Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory on March 20th, 2019, starting at 19:00, will host a philosophical discussion dedicated to the books of Mark Losoncz at the Parobrod teatar (Jevremova 33). Are the very temporal structures to be characterized as temporal or as eternal? Can we decide whether temporality is “subjective” or “objective”? Do the metaphors of flow and stream describe temporality in a proper way?

The book “Time, Complexity and Consciousness. Temporality in Bergson’s and Husserl’s philosophy of time” (IFDT – IZKS, 2018), written by Mark Losoncz, seeks to answer these questions first and foremost by interpreting Bergson’s and Husserl’s philosophy of time, and by focusing upon the way that temporality as a self-creating and complex form is constituted. These two philosophers contributed the most to the conceptualization of the experience of time in the history of philosophy of time, not only in quantitative terms, but also regarding conceptual rigor and creativity.

„Blindness and Capital“ is a collection of essays, written by Mark Losoncz, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birthday. By relying upon certain important aspects of Marx’s Capital and a rich philosophical tradition, extending from Plato to Jean-Luc Marion, Losoncz elaborates an entire phenomenology of seeing and vision. Blinding lightness serves as a central metaphor that helps us to conceptualize the logic of capital and the ideology that stems from it. It is suggested that Marx introduced concepts that anticipated the dynamics of late capitalism, but also that he was one of the first theoreticians of systems and complexity.

Participants of the discussion: Predrag Krstić (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Olga Nikolić (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Ivan Milenković (Radio Beograd 3), Mark Losoncz (Institute for Philosophy and social Theory)

Mark Losoncz (1987) defended his PhD at the University of Novi Sad with the title The Concept of Time in Bergson’s and Husserl’s Philosophy. He accomplished part of his doctoral research at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He became research trainee at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (Belgrade) and a member of the Group for Social Engagement Studies after being a project associate. His main research fields of interest are contemporary metaphysics (metaphysics of relations and powers, meontology), philosophy of mind (intentionality), systems and complexity theory. He is author and/or editor of eight books. He is a member of Philosophical College (Filozófiai Kollégium) in Budapest. His works are published in English, French, German, Serbian/Croatian, Slovenian and Hungarian.

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