Posted on 20/01/2010
Professor Andrew Gibson
Professor Andrew Gibson, Research Professor in Modern Literature and Theory in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been appointed to the Conseil Scientifique of the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris following his research on the leading French philosopher, Alain Badiou, and his involvement in French philosophical circles.
The Collège was founded by Jacques Derrida and others in 1983. Its directors have included Derrida himself, Jean-François Lyotard and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. The Conseil Scientifique was set up in 1993 as the main advisory board to the Collège. Its membership past and present has included Giorgio Agamben and Alain Badiou among other major contemporary philosophers. The appointment is for three years in the first instance.
Professor Gibson and Badiou recently lectured to an audience of several hundred at a major conference in Athens. Professor Gibson is the author of ′Logics of Intermittency: The Concept of Historical Reason in Contemporary French Philosophy′ (forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in 2011), which is about developments in French philosophy since the `theory revolution′ inspired by Lacan, Foucault, Derrida and Deleuze amongst others.
Commenting on his appointment, he says: ‘After 1945, French thought was the dominant force in the intellectual world. Now it is embattled, not least by `l′Anglo-Saxonisme′. Yet the English and Americans have yet to show that they can produce an intellectual eminence remotely resembling in stature the great French minds of the past sixty years. Meanwhile, the French themselves continue to reflect on their tradition, and are arguably producing some of their most important thought right now, at a time when their thought is no longer considered to be quite as `sexy′ or `marketable′. At the same time, the French intellectual world is recognizing that its continuing vitality depends upon its turning outwards. From that recognition, a whole new symbiosis may spring. For that reason, because I feel I can play a small part in the process, I am delighted at my appointment′.