Philosophy Event at Middlesex, Tuesday 1 March 2011, 5.30pm
Marcus Boon, ‘Buddhism after Badiou: Between Ideology and Practice’
Marcus Boon is a writer and Associate Professor in the English Literature department at York University, Toronto. In his most recent book, In Praise of Copying (Harvard, 2010), he analyses the role of copying in contemporary culture and technology, attempting to explain why copying fills us with “fear and fascination”. Tracing the emergence and development of the concept of the copy in both Western philosophy (from Plato to Heidegger and Derrida) and Asian philosophy (Buddhism and Taoism), he arrives at a theory of ‘depropriation’ that he suggests can help deal with the paradoxes of identity, authenticity and inauthenticity that characterise life in the digital age. He is also the author of The Road to Excess (2002), and numerous articles on contemporary music and poetry.
Place: Room M004 (Saloon), Mansion Building, Middlesex University, Trent Park campus, Bramley Road, London N14 4YZ.
Tube: Piccadilly line to Oakwood station, free bus to campus.