What are the rights of the abnormal mind in the age of artificial intelligence? The course traces the genealogy of machinic intelligence (from early cybernetics to recent machine learning algorithms) and, in parallel, the history of studies on psychopathology, madness and schizophrenia by French philosophy. The genealogy of machine intelligence and ‘the history of madness’ (to borrow a title from Foucault) display continuous and mutual influences that are often forgotten. The course serves also as a basic introduction to key concepts of French philosophy and psychoanalysis (including Germany and Soviet neurology) and to authors such as Georges Canguilhem, Jacques Lacan, Gilbert Simondon, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.

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Prof. Dr. Matteo Pasquinelli

Wednesday/Thursday (fortnightly), 10:00-13:00. Room 303
NB: Due to festivities the course starts Thursday 3 / Friday 4, November 2016