I contributed to French Theory Today, a zine by Alexander R. Galloway in 2010. I was a Steering Committee member of the Public School New York when we organized the lecture series and published this zine.
This set of five pamphlets documents a seminar given recently by Alexander R. Galloway at the Public School New York, a self-organizing educational program where class ideas are generated by the public. “French Theory Today” explores a new generation of French voices—Catherine Malabou, Bernard Stiegler, Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Quentin Meillassoux, and François Laruelle—whose work has, to varying degrees, only recently emerged in the English-speaking world. Each night of the seminar consisted of a lecture followed by questions from and discussion with class participants. As Galloway suggests in the online class proposal, the goal was “not to set in aspic a new canon for French philosophy, but to proceed inductively, tracing some recent experiments and possible futures.”
Pamphlet 1 | Catherine Malabou, or The Commerce in Being
Pamphlet 2 | Bernard Stiegler, or Our Thoughts are With Control
Pamphlet 3 | Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, or Unworkability
Pamphlet 4 | Quentin Meillassoux, or The Great Outdoors
Pamphlet 5 | François Laruelle, or The Secret
Each pamphlet includes the texts of the lectures, plus transcriptions of the Q&A, as well as special responses and contributions from Nicola Masciandaro, Eugene Thacker, Dominic Pettman, Jackson Moore, Stephen Squibb, Prudence Whittlesey, Taeyoon Choi, and David Horvitz.
Series edited by Sarah Resnick
Designed by Kamomi Solidum and Anne Callahan
Copy edited by Molly Kleiman
Printed and bound by SR/AC/NH/DH Press at 350 11th. St., Brooklyn, NY.
Printed on a Risograph GR3750 in an edition of 140
Published by the Public School New York/Erudio Editions
Special thanks to: Susan Mills, Ugly Duckling Presse, Reanimation Library, Alex Damianos, David Horvitz, Natalie Haüsler, Eugene Thacker, Nicola Masciandaro, Dominic Pettman, Prudence Whittlesey, Marika Kandelaki, Natasha Magariel, Catherine Czaki, and the University of Minnesota Press.