Distinguished Lectures Series – Ethics and/of Contingency

Dumb Luck: Jacques Derrida and the Question of Contingency

Monday, 2017/11/27, 18:30

Prof. Michael Naas, DePaul University

Public lecture offering insights into cutting-edge thought within the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Event organizer: Walter Benjamin Kolleg
Speaker: Prof. Michael Naas, DePaul University
Date: 2017/11/27
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Locality: Room HS 220
Main Building
Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Berne
Characteristics: open to the public
free of charge

Michael Nass

Michael Naas is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. His research covers the fields of philosophy and comparative literature, with a particular focus on ancient Greek thought and contemporary French philosophy and with a strong interest in thinkers such as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Lyotard, and Levinas. He has edited and co-translated into English a number of Jacques Derrida’s texts, such as The Work of Mourning (2011), Learning to Live Finally (2007), Rogues (2005), and Adieu: To Emmanuel Levinas (1999). His most recent publications, still engaging with the complexities of Derrida’s thought, are The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments: Jacques Derrida’s Final Seminar (2015) and Miracle and Machine: Jacques Derrida and the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media (2012).


Prof. Michael Naas, DePaul University
Prof. Thomas Claviez, University of Bern, Moderator

Registration is required for the Distinguished Lectures Series Workshop featuring the invited speaker (for contact details, please see below). After a short introduction round of the participants, the workshop is structured in three parts. Part 1 allows participants to ask questions related to the speaker’s lecture. Part 2 serves to discuss a text by the invited speaker that participants receive as preparatory reading before the workshop. Part 3 offers the opportunity to bring up topics of discussion related to one’s own research or interest.

Date: November 28th, 2017
Time: 9:30 – 12:00
Place: University of Bern, UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Room B-102


Prof. Dr. Thomas Claviez, thomas.claviez@ens.unibe.ch
For all organizational details, please contact dls@wbkolleg.unibe.ch

Registration Workshop


Michael Naas, "Dumb Luck: Jacques Derrida and the Question of Contingency" (27.11.2017)