[Blueboard] PASN talk on Designing Intelligence, Civic Power and World History

IPC ipc at admu.edu.ph
Fri Feb 6 14:58:49 PHT 2004




Studies Network


Warmly invites you to a lecture on



Designing Intelligence and Civic Power in World History:

Reflections on Maritime Political Economy from Athens to Australia


By Peter Murphy


Littoral societies have formed a contrary and ever-expanding circumference around the territorial states of Eurasia since antiquity. These circumferential societies-among them Greece, Rome, Venice, Holland, Britain, the United States, and Australia-developed along a civilizational path that is markedly different from Eurasian states. The political economy of littoral states is founded on abstract reason, intellectual capital, export trade, and stranger cities. Their self-identity is based on freedom and blunt speech. They invent self-regulating machines and autopoietic economic systems. Australia illustrates the logic and autopoietic qualities typical of circumferential societies, and provides a litmus case as well as a benchmark to help understand the emergent circumferential powers in the twenty-first century.



Peter Murphy is Director of the Master of Communications Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His most recent book is Dialectic of Romanticism: A Critique of Modernism (2004). He is co-editor of Thesis Eleven: A Journal of Critical Theory and Historical Sociology (Sage). Murphy considers architecture as a paradigm for understanding the human cosmos, and his notion of "designing intelligence," to be discussed in this lecture, extends the conclusions of his earlier studies.

He was a visiting professor in philosophy at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, New York, and in political science at Baylor University, Texas. He is currently a Visiting Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities of the Loyola Schools.


13 February, Friday, 4:30 p.m., Conference Room, De La Costa Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City


To confirm your attendance, please call tel. nos. 426-6067/68 or 426-6001

 loc. 4654 (Reneli) or loc. 4031 (DitDit); or send an email to ipc at admu.edu.ph

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