Tupac Cruz (Universidad de los Andes): “Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Fortune”

Tupac Cruz

Universidad de los Andes

Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Fortune

Friday, February 24, 12:00pm, Swift 403

This study of Benjamin’s ‘theory of fortune’ focuses on what I call an ’analytics of work’: an effort to divide the genus ‘productive activity’ in two species: activities that produce commensurate results (what we call ‘work’) and activities that ‘summon fortune’ (what Benjamin calls ‘practices’). Practices are ways for an agent’s will to “abdicate in favor of the body,” and they articulate a sphere of action that eludes the distinction between the voluntary and the involuntary. The study of practice allows Benjamin to determine the specific, anomalous vitality of our neglected or forgotten wantings, whose fulfillments populate the realm of fortune.

Light refreshments will be served.

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