**Please note this event takes place in French**
Writer and professor of French literature Eric Marty joins La Maison Française for a lively discussion on his latest book, Le sexe des Modernes: Pensée du Neutre et théorie du genre. This fascinating exploration of the history of gender theory elucidates the legacies and divisions of the staggering giants of Modernity from the 1960s to the 1980s from Jean-Paul Sartre to Judith Butler and the contemporary context of their theories. Both polemical and philosophical, Eric illuminates the misunderstandings between American consideration of gender and French thinking. He defends a conception of the Neutral that French thinkers such as Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze and Derrida invented before the American theories of gender.
Eric Marty is a writer, essayest and professor of French literature at the University of Paris Diderot-Paris 7. In addition to Le Sexe des Modernes, he has written several essays and authoritative works on Roland Barthès.
Professor Marty will be in conversation with Sandra Laugier. Sandra Laugier is Professor of Philosophy at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France, and Senior member of Institut Universitaire de France. She is Director of the Sorbonne Center for Contemporary Philosophy, Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne, CNRS Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. Her recent books include: Wittgenstein. Les sens de l’usage (Vrin, Paris, 2009). Wittgenstein. Le mythe de l’inexpressivité (Vrin, Paris, 2010). Tous vulnérables? Le care, les animaux, l’environnement (éd., Payot, Paris, 2012). Face aux désastres. Le care, la folie et les grandes détresses collectives (with A. Lovell, S. Pandolfo, V. Das) (Ithaque, Paris, 2013). Recommencer la philosophie. Stanley Cavell et la philosophie en Amérique (Vrin, Paris, 2014). Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy, (The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2013). She is also a columnist at the French Journal Libération.
Professors Marty and Laugier are also joined by NYU Professor of French Literature, Thought, and Culture Denis Hollier.