AUC hosts talk on truth and power


The American University in Cairo (AUC) will host a talk entitled “Between Truth and Power” with Professor of Philosophy Graham Harman on 20 November.

“Between Truth and Power” will attempt to reconstruct the political philosophy of French intellectual Bruno Latour. The talk will focus on how Latour tries to overcome the opposition between “truth politicians” such as Rousseau and Marx, and “power politicians,” such as Machiavelli, Hobbes and Schmitt.

Bruno Latour is a French philosopher and sociologist of science. His remarks on politics are scattered throughout numerous books from various parts of his career. He is best known for his books We Have Never Been Modern (1991), Laboratory Life (with Steve Woolgar, 1979) and Science in Action (1987).

Latour’s monographs earned him a 10th place among most-cited book authors in the humanities and social sciences for the year 2007.

Speaking at “Between Truth and Power” is Professor of Philosophy Graham Harman.

Harman is the 2009 winner of the AUC Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award, and a frequent international lecturer. In 2013, he was ranked as number 81 of the most influential figures in the international art world by Art Review magazine. Harman is the author of eleven books, most recently Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy (2012) and Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism (2013).

The event, scheduled for 20 November from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo, is organised by the AUC’s Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Studies and the Philosophy Club, Office of Student Development.