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October 31: Public Lecture

Monday, October 31, 2016, 3:00 p.m.


Dr Julia Ng (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

October 31, 2016

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

(Conference Room, Second Floor)
4 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003

Daoism is a philosophical, political and devotional movement that emerged in early China as a critique of Confucian orthodoxy. In the early decades of the twentieth century, versions of Daoism enjoyed something of a renaissance in the German-speaking intellectual world. Julia Ng's presentation will begin to outline one trajectory of this reception — Walter Benjamin's transformations of the principle of "wu wei," or "action of non-action" — in order to revisit the categories of action and resistance in the early history of critical social theory.

Please RSVP by September 28, 2016 at