Reading the Earth

August 29, 2018

Olivier Remaud

Wednesday, August 29, 6:00PM–8:00PM, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities

The climate crisis prohibits us all to believe we can assume any superior vantage point. We are caught up in the consequences of what we do. To apprehend global threats we have to, one, resituate the meaning of our actions in long-term history; two, identify their points of rootage and determine the conditions in which they crystalize. I will state in my talk that the only way we can « read » our own time well is philologically. It is in this way, combining a perspectivist concern with analysis of details that reveal general contexts, that we can hope to increase our chances of understanding what is happening to us now.


Olivier Remaud is a professor (« directeur d’études ») in cultural and social philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (France). His publications include: Solitude volontaire (Albin Michel, 2017); Un monde étrange. Pour une autre approche du cosmopolitisme (PUF, 2015); Faire des sciences sociales: Critiquer (I), Généraliser (II), Comparer (III) (editorial collective, EHESS Press, 2012, 3 vols.); War and Peace: The Role of Science and Art (Duncker & Humblot, 2010), with S. Nour; Civilisations. Retour sur les mots et les idées (Springer, 2008), with C. Avlami; Les Archives de l'humanité. Essai sur la philosophie de Vico (Seuil, 2004); La Boétie. Le Discours sur la servitude volontaire (Vrin, 2002); and Michelet. La Magistrature de l’histoire (Michalon, 1998). He is currently writing a book manuscript on the concepts and practices of wildness. A visiting professor in Chicago, New York, Berlin, Vienna and Oslo, he is also a research awardee of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation.