Georgios Tsagdis, BA, BA, MA, PhD, FHEA

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Professional qualifications

HEA

Research Interest

Ancient Philosophy 20th-21st Century European Philosophy History of Philosophy Space and Matter Philosophy of Technology Philosophy of Nature Philosophy of Art

Biography:

Georgios Tsagdis is Fellow at the Westminster Law & Theory Lab. He has taught at the universities of Greenwich, Surrey, the UCL, the London School of Philosophy and other higher education institutions. His work operates across theoretical and disciplinary intersections drawing on 20th Century, Contemporary and Ancient Greek Philosophy. His Archeology of Nothing, an investigation of the origin and destiny of occidental ontology, is revised for publication. His current project thematises the funct

Publications

2018 (forth.), Georgios Tsagdis, (Publication Title:) The Ghost of Transparency: An Architectonics of Communication, ‘The Aural: Heidegger and Fundamental Oto-Cheiro-logy II’ , Birkhauser
The present essay examines the function of the ear in Heidegger’s thought. The ear is more than a literary-theoretical trope. It points to the absent corporeality of Dasein, enabling a reconsideration of the notions of mediality and epochality at the heart of communication. Thinking through aurality, it becomes possible to recast Dasein as a field of sonority in which the spectre of the other assumes constitutive significance. This recasting allows the exposure of a logic of supplementarity, which sustains Heidegger’s thought and leads to the kairos of the present in which the limits of the trace are tested through the radicalisation of technological inscription.

2018 (forth.), Georgio Tsagdis, (Publication Title:) Essays Situating Heidegger in Contemporary Media Studies, The Manual: Heidegger and Fundamental Oto-Cheiro-logy I, Peter Lang
The present essay examines the function of the hand in Heidegger’s thought. The hand is more than a literary-theoretical trope. It points to the absent corporeality of Dasein, enabling a reconsideration of the notions of mediality—the total apparatus of mediation in the countless ways it conditions phenomenality and communication—and epochality—the unity of diverse theoretical figurations which define a given historic time. The hand, severed and singular, outlines the exceptionality of the human as a being of monstration, a sign which, through the use of the hand, signifies in turn. The essay follows closely this manual labour, which is constituted by the metaphysical proximity of the hand to logos in order to demonstrate the way in which this monstration—at once technology and inscription—announces from the outset an infinite danger. Profoundly attentive to this danger, Heidegger will seek the possibility of salvation in the exceptionality of the human hand, an exceptionality defined through a strenuous balancing act on the limits of technology. Accordingly, Heidegger will outline the proper use of the hand, the use of a pen or a hammer, a tool or a machine, threatened by the mere ‘mechanism’ of the typewriter. Nietzsche meets Heidegger at this juncture from the future. Through Derrida and Kittler the essay unravels the suppositions that support and limit the thought of Heidegger to show the constitutive technicity of thought, to call for a reinvention of the theoretical-corporeal hand and re-signify the moment at which an epoch witnesses the closure of itself.

2018 (forth.), Georgios Tsagis, Online Review, Francesco Vitale, The Last Fortress of Metaphysics: Jacques Derrida & the Deconstruction of Architecture, Phenomenological Reviews
The book explores the interweaving of deconstruction and architecture.

2017, Georgios Tsagdis, Dispositions: The Technophysical Apparatus, Azimuth, 10
ntersections: At the Technophysics of Space is devoted to an engagement with the ways in which space can be thematised anew in the face of its historical consignation as a stable, foundational category. Interpreted by Plato as receptacle (chōra), by Aristotle as place (topos), by Descartes as extension, by Leibniz as principle of individuation, by Kant as transcendental condition of apperception—space from antiquity to modernity has been thought, interpreted or produced as a constant; its various transformations reinstating its immutability. The same logic continues to govern physical theories of general gravitation and general relativity, as well as mathematical theories of topology, which despite breaking with the idea of space as a single universal dimension, remain for the most part attached to a general theory of space. This generality and quasi-universality blinds thought to the singularity, locality, provisionality and mutability of contemporary technological spaces. The present collection of essays revisits this genealogy, in order to draw on and recast its moments; in order to think the nature of space and accordingly the space of nature, in its (in-)distinction from technologically produced spaces. Questions on the function and implications of new political, urban, ecological, aesthetic and other spaces are opened through a rigorous theoretical examination of a series of foundational articulations of space, as the latter withdraws in the hands of technology, leaving a spectre in its place. http://www.azimuthjournal.com/2018/05/12/intersections-at-the-technophysics-of-space/

2017, Georgios Tsagdis, (Publication Title:) Can Philosophy Love? Reflections and Encounters, Love and the Apparatus: on a Hegelian Fragment, Rowman & Littlefield
Is love political? Is politics organic? Is organicity mechanic? Assuming a basic principle of transitivity one is led to ask: is love mechanic, even: machinic? The field of the question is arranged around the contested notion of the apparatus. The present essay engages with the crux of this contestation, in order to locate the response of young Hegel, a response, which, at surface revisited and refuted, was to remain deeply Hegelian. This response will enable tracing the dialectic of the radical mechanicity of love as the love of a radical mechanē. What is at stake is an opening up of love, the mechanic conatus of philosophy, onto a plane much wider than a domestic passion could ever claim, the total space of techno-bio-politics. Love is operative through and through.

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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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