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From Descartes to Derrida Workshop | Warren Ward | Avid Reader

Saturday, 10 September 2022




Avid Reader Bookshop West End

Join Warren Ward for this half-day workshop From Descartes to Derrida: An Introduction to Continental Philosophy.

In this fun and accessible workshop, Warren Ward, author of Lovers of Philosophy, will take you on a whistle-stop tour of continental philosophy, demystifying its many movements and concepts, and making it all — gasp — understandable!

Topics covered include:

* Why is Kant so important?

* Hegel and Marx

* Nietzsche and Freud

* Phenomenology: Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty

* Existentialism: Sartre and Beauvoir

* Power and post-structuralism: Michel Foucault

* The linguistic turn: Wittgenstein and Derrida

Don’t be daunted! In this workshop, Ward uses clear English, easy-to-understand diagrams, and humorous biographical anecdotes to bring these philosophers and their ideas to life in a way that all can understand.

The workshop will be informal and interactive, with ’silly questions’ encouraged, and discussion, critique, and disagreement welcomed.

Warren Ward is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland. His writing has appeared in New Philosopher, Aeon, Overland, Prairie Fire, Bjelke Blues, Great Walks, WQ, Softcopy, Our Inside Voices and The Stardust Review. The manuscript for Lovers of Philosophy was shortlisted or selected for several awards, programs and residencies, including the Hazel Rowley Literary Award, Queensland Writer’s Centre/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program, HARDCOPY Professional Development Program for Emerging Writers, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Residency Program, Yale Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Centre, Can Serrat International Art Residency in Barcelona and Arteles Creative Centre in Finland. In 2018, Ward was awarded a scholarship for the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon. In 2020, the manuscript was shortlisted for the Varuna Publisher Introduction Program and won an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship Award. In 2021, Ward was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship and shortlisted in the inaugural Varuna New Zealand international residency exchange. His essays on philosophy, culture and the history of ideas have been shortlisted for the New Philosopher Writers’ Awards twelve times, winning the award in 2016 and 2019. He was recently awarded an Artist-in-Residence Denis Diderot [A-i-R] Grant at the Château d’Orquevaux in France.'

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