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Isabelle Stengers and George Caffentzis will discuss 'The Speed of Thought'

Isabelle Stengers

Isabelle Stengers, born in 1949, teaches philosophy at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her interests centre on both the constructive adventure of modern sciences and the problems born from the association of this adventure with power and claims to rational authority. She is working on the crucial challenge, both political and cultural, of an active ecology that incorporates our many diverging scientific practices into a democratic and demanding environment, against both the ideal of their sovereign autonomy and their submission to social demands. She has written numerous books, among which, in English, are: Order out of Chaos (with I Prigogine), A History of Chemistry (with B Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent), Power and Invention: Situating Science, and The Invention of Modern Science.

George Caffentzis

George Caffentzis is a philosopher of money and a leading thinker in the development of autonomist thought. He has been a participant in numerous movements since the civil rights period, when he was first arrested in sit-ins during the early 1960s. He continued his political activism, especially in the antinuclear power movement, throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1974, he coedited the first issue of Zerowork and in 1978 cofounded the Midnight Notes Collective, publishing the journal of the collective over the next thirty years.
Starting in 1983, Caffentzis lived in southeastern Nigeria, near the oil center of the country, where he taught logic, philosophy, and the history of science in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Calabar. He has published many books and articles on issues ranging from the death penalty, self-reproducing automata, peak oil, the enclosure of knowledge in Africa, and the philosophy of money. His writing has been consistently motivated by his political engagements in the anti-nuclear, anti-war, anti-capital punishment, alter-globalization, pro-Zapatista, and pro-commons movements. Over the years, his original and powerful contributions to international anti-capitalist movements have stemmed from his stretching and developing of autonomist concepts steeped in the insights from feminist experiences of Wages for Housework, operaist thinkers and militants in Italy, and historical studies of class struggle inspired by EP Thompson and his comrades.

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