This article investigates Catherine Malabou’s claims to have produced some form of beyond of deconstruction with her reworking of the Hegelian concept of. into English in as The Future of Hegel: Plasticity, Temporality and Malabou rethinks the meaning of plasticity as a transformative power immanent. At first glance the response could be this little book by Malabou, in which can be discerned a post-deconstructive era. In the foreword Clayton Crockett warns that .

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A seminar entitled Plasticity and Form indicates the guiding thread of her research: She defended her thesis in and published it two years later under the title The Future of Hegel: Plasticity, Temporality and Dialectic.

Malxbou read by Hegel read by Malabou. Today, in addition to her position at Kingston, Malabou is heavily sought after in the US where she frequently resides as visiting professor, whether at the University of California malahou Berkeley, the University of Buffalo or the New School for Social Research. She is also part of the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where she teaches an annual summer seminar. It is her encounter with neuroscience that will fundamentally distinguish her research and confirm her differences with a deconstruction focalized on the written text.

For the first time, a philosopher from the Continental as opposed to the Analytical tradition takes a keen interest in and studies the issues raised by the discovery of cerebral plasticity. Using the latest advances of neuroscience, she adopts a critical position and explores the philosophical possibilities of brain consciousness, of a new plastic subject and of its relation to capitalism.

She writes that the time has come to replace the paradigm of writing as developed in Grammatology with the new paradigm of plasticity. As she explains in Plasticity at the Dusk of Writingthe concept of plasticity, whose scope and stakes are firmly inscribed in those of platsicity era, has overtaken the schemas of text and the trace.


In her latest book, Self and Emotional Life, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neurosciencewritten with Adrian Johnston, Malabou continues her exquisite crossing of disciplines, this time in malbou to explore the concept of wonder. Crossing and interweaving the notion of plasticity, an idea or discourse, and material reality such as neuronal connections: Is this not a way of staging philosophy or of displacing its limit — that of discursive reasoning?

The notion of plasticity simultaneously belongs to theoretical discourse and to stark material reality. As Malabou argues, mxlabou images are giving way to plastic ones in a large variety of ways. We are delighted at the prospect of seeing these philosophers of plasticity and performance once again join each other on the stage during this conference. By proposing the concept of plasticity as a new philosophical and scientific paradigm, Malabou shows us that the ancient models — of writing and the trace in philosophy and of the genetic plasticiyy in science — are no longer pertinent to thinking the modification or interruption of the system with which we are currently faced.

A philosophy of makabou trace allowed us to develop reflections on repetition and difference cf. Derrida and Deleuze, notablybut cannot accommodate occurrences of discontinuity, such as explosions or degeneration.

Mlabou for science, the genetic code turned out to be inadequate as well in explaining the effects of the environment or experience on the modifications and expressions of the epigenome. In both instances, a new model of plasticity, flexible and modifiable yet resistant, provides a way to think the loss of the trace and the instability of discourse in favor of acts.


Undergoing a shift from the graphic to the temporal, this new paradigm which is itself dynamic and thus plastic resonates in multiple different ways with the transformation of philosophical discourse into performance. Plastiicity is also what is very interesting in plaasticity brain, and in the computer: Bibliography publications in English: Malabou, Catherine and Adrian Johnston.

Auto-affection and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Neurobiology. Malabou, Catherine and Steven Miller Translator. From Neurosis to Brain Damage.

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Malabou, Catherine and Judith Butler. A Companion to Hegel. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy. Malabou, Catherine and Carolyn Shread Translator.

The Feminine and the Question of Philosophy. Malabou, Catherine and Peter Skafish Translator. On the Fantastic in Philosophy. Plasticity at the Dusk of Writing: Malabou, Catherine and Sebastian Rand Translator. In in John D.

Caputo Editor and Michael J. Traveling with Jacques Derrida. Malabou, Catherine and Lisabeth During Translator. The Future of Hegel: In Paul Patton Editor.

Bibliography publications in French: Une lecture contemporaine de la domination et de la servitude chez Hegel. Full-text PDF available online.

Catherine Malabou and the Concept of Plasticity – Théâtre, Performance, Philosophie Colloque

Malabou, Catherine and Xavier Emmanuelli. La chambre du milieu: De Hegel aux neurosciences. Que faire de notre cerveau? Malabou, Catherine and Jacques Derrida. Malabou, Catherine Translator and David Mills.