"The Capacity to Resist"

Howard Caygill

Keynote Address

Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Annual Congress

October 3, 2014

Co-hosted by SFU's Vancity Office for Comm...

Howard Caygill

Keynote Address

Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Annual Congress

October 3, 2014

Co-hosted by SFU's Vancity Office for Community Engagement and the CSCP.

ABSTRACT:

Resistance is an increasingly prominent form of political discourse and action which nevertheless remains largely unexamined philosophically. My talk will begin to redress this neglect by distinguishing between events of resistance and the capacity to resist, examining the development of the latter from Clausewitz through to the Occupy movements. I claim that the notion of a capacity to resist emerged from a specific contemporary interpretation of Kant's categories of modality and founded a line of radical political philosophy that deviates from the revolutionary tradition motivated by realising the idea of freedom. The talk will explore the peculiar temporality of the capacity to resist, its relationship to the diverse radical philosophies of revolution and reform and the relationship of the cap...