DAI ~ PLANETARY CAMPUS warmly invites you to
'Pricing Time: Remarks on the Ontology of Finance',
a public seminar by Beirut based philosopher Ray Brassier
Moderated by DAI core tutor Bassam El Baroni.
With this seminar DAI inaugurates APRiCot phase 2, an advanced platform for DAI's Associate PhD Research Collective and its distinguished guests. APRiCot irregularly opens up to DAI's master students and to other interested audiences.
Suhail Malik’s 2014 paper, ‘The Ontology of Finance’, challenges orthodox Marxian accounts of the connection between capitalism, finance, and politics. Drawing on Nitzan and Bichler’s Capital as Power, Malik argues that capital accumulation is not propelled by self-valorizing value but by the differential logic of pricing. In Malik’s words, “administered prices make explicit that price is the medium of capital accumulation qua power-ordering.” In finance capital, price becomes an abstract variable independent of its incarnation in concrete assets: it is no longer a measure of value, only of itself. Thus, Malik argues, financialization is not a species of capitalization; rather, capitalization is a species of financialization. Since the logic of pricing involves a binding of time, it is through pricing as time-binding that capital exerts social power. But capital’s time-binding power cannot be challenged by resorting to extant models of political action: collective human agency does not offer a credible counter-power against the power-ordering exerted by pricing. Since derivatives markets are the medium of pricing, the suggestion seems to be that financial speculation is the proper medium in which to countermand capitalism’s power. This seminar will examine the key moves in Malik’s argument and critically appraise its political ramifications.
Friday, June 23, starting at 19:00
Free entry, no reservations needed, instead, please join & share the event on facebook !
Location: Huis Oostpool, Nieuwstraat 58, in Arnhem
DAI wishes to thank Toneelgroep Oostpool for its collegial hospitality.