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54321... Radical Philosophy Conference | Opening and Acceleration & the New

Opening, Fri, Jan 16, 2015 with Bernd Scherer (Director, Haus der Kulturen der Welt) and Peter Osborne (Radical Philosophy)

Opening with Bernd Scherer (Director, Haus der Kulturen der Welt) and Peter Osborne (Radical Philosophy); Acceleration & the New
mit David Cunningham (Radical Philosophy & English, Westminster University, London), Frank Engster (Author, Berlin), Nina Power (Philosophy, Roehampton University, London); Moderation: Peter Osborne (Radical Philosophy & Philosophy, Kingston University London)
The concept of acceleration has a central place in contemporary capitalist societies. For some this amounts to a “shrinkage to the present” and to a sense of capitalism’s inescapability within a fully 24/7 culture. For others it is to be embraced as the basis for an ultimate transcendence of capitalism itself. What is the philosophical meaning of “acceleration”? How does it relate to alternate conceptions of “modernity” and of “the new”?