Thursday Night Philosophy Workshop: James Dodd on “War and Sacrifice: The Troubled Legacy of the First World War”
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103
Professor James Dodd gives a lecture entitled:
“War and Sacrifice. The Troubled Legacy of the First World War”
Taking as its point of departure a reflection on Abel Gance’s 1919 film “J’accuse!”, and drawing on George Bataille’s theory of sacrifice, as well as the work of the historian Jay Winter, this paper argues that one of the legacies of the First World War in intellectual and cultural history is a deeply problematic relation between war and sacrifice, however enduring the temptation may remain to secure the meaning of the former through the evocation of the latter.
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