Facul-TEA @ the Library with Dr. Fouad Kalouche

Fouad Kalouche, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Albright College

Fouad Kalouche, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Albright College

Dr. Fouad Kalouche presented his research topic Power, Difference and Ethics of Transformation: The Philosophy of the Marquis de Sadeon Thursday, November 1st 2012 in the Library.

In the presentation of the work undertaken during his sabbatical, Dr. Kalouche discussed “the development of Sade’s philosophy chronologically, from his earlier writings to his later work,” and described it “in terms of an “ethics of transformation” where power and difference interact in ways privileging both singularity and multiplicity.” Dr. Kalouche introduced students to Sade’s “material ontology (encompassing nature, culture, the sexuated world, and the unbounded world)” and also discussed his “reassessment of sociality and its foundations (time and the other).”

Dr. Kalouche explained that  reassessment is “based on the over-valuation of the reality of movement and change and on the under-valuation of the social reality of human institutions and belief systems.” He pointed out that Sade is quite relevant to contemporary philosophical approaches by such noted philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler and many others.

About Heidi Ziemer

Instructional and Outreach Services Librarian at Albright College Library
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