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Mats Rosengren

Mats Rosengren

Associate Professor

Professor

School of Culture and Education

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Mats Rosengren
Professor
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Flemingsberg
Phone: +46 8 608 5048
Fax: +46 8 608 4480
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Since July 1, 2009, Rosengren is full professor of Rhetoric at the School of Culture and Education. He is  a member of the editorial board of Glänta and of the board of the  Swedish Ernst
Cassirer Society. (www.glanta.org/cassirer)
His main interests lie in the fields of theory and history of rhetoric, epistemology and theory of science, French philosophy, Cave art and artistic research, where he has been focusing on thinkers such as Plato, Montaigne, Chaim Perelman, Cornelius Castoriadis, Ernst Cassirer and Gilles Deleuze.
Rosengren has just finished a major book focusing on the discovery of paleolithic cave art and the development of the discipline cave 'art studies', seen from a doxological perspective: Cave Art, Perception and Knowledge. (Palgrave Macmillan  2012)
For the moment he is working on a book on Cornelius Casotriadis philosophy
Rosengren is also a translator, mainly of French philosophy, and an editor, most notably of the now completed Logos/Pathos series at Glänta Produktion.

 

Doxology – a rhetorical approach to epistemology


Since 2002 Rosengren has been working on developing an 'other' take on epistemology. He has chosen to call his epistemic stance doxological in order to emphasise that all knowledge is doxic knowledge, thus turning the seminal Platonic distinction between doxa (beliefs, opinions) and episteme (objective, eternal knowledge) upside down. Protagoras dictum about man as the measure of all things is, perhaps, the most poignant expression of a doxological position, stating explicitly that no apprehension escapes the human-related conditions of knowledge alluded to in Protagoras's fragment. Departing from the pivotal question "What would a Protagorean position imply for epistemology today?", Rosengren develops a critique of the purely discursive notion of knowledge, still central in Anglo-Saxon epistemology. He emphasises the fact that our knowledge is always embodied, in ourselves as biological beings; formulated and/or preserved in some language, institution or ritual; practised and upheld by one or many individuals, always in one historical moment or other and within the admittedly diffuse framework of an ever changing but still specific social situation. Doxology is not a relativism abandoning all claims to objectivity or science – far from it – but an attempt, in the wake of the serious and fundamental criticisms of the late
20th century, to readdress and reconsider what knowledge, science and objectivity could be today. Nor is it a teaching about apparent or illusory knowledge, but about situated, variable and interested knowledge – that is, a teaching about how we actually do create the knowledge that we need – in science as well as in life. In his publications on doxology Rosengen has tried to formulate and develop a concept of knowledge taking heed of all these factors. First introduced in 2002, this concept, doxology, has now become wildly used within the social and human sciences in Scandinavia.

 

Text and publications - a selection

List of Publications

Monographs

-        Cave Art, Perception and Knowledge, October 2012, Palgrave MacMillan, London

-        Doxologie – essai sur la connassiance, Hermann, Paris. 2011 (French translation of Doxologi, en essä om kunskap) ISBN 13: 978 2 7056 7067 2

-        De symboliska formernas praktiker – Ernst Cassirers samtida tänkande, Art Monitor Essä, Göteborg, 2010. ISBN 978-91-978476-1-2

-        För en dödlig, som ni vet, är största faran säkerhet. Doxologiska essäer (And you all know, security is mortal's chiefest enemy. Doxological essays), Retorikförlaget Rhetor förlag, Åstorp 2006. (195 p.) ISBN 10:91-975226-2-7. ISBN 13:978-91-975226-2-5.

-        Doxologi – en essä om kunskap (Doxology – an essay on knowledge), Rhetor förlag, Åstorp 2002. (112 p.) ISBN 91-974078-2-8. 2:a upplaga (2nd edition) 2008: ISBN 978-91-86093-05-1

-         Psychagogia – konsten att leda själar. Om konflikten mellan retorik och filosofi hos Platon och Chaïm Perelman (Psychagogia – the art of guiding souls. On the conflict between rhetoric and philosophy), with a summary in English, Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, Stockholm/Stehag 1998. (240 p.) ISBN: 91-7139-312-9.

Editorship

Anthologies

-        Les émigrés grecs et leur influence sur le débat intellectuel français, Servanne Jolivet, Christophe Premat, Mats Rosengren (eds.), Éditions Le Manuscrit, Paris, January 2012. Introduction and article ("True and False Chaos – the mythical origins of Creation")

-        Embodiment in Cognition and Culture, John Krois, Mats Rosengren, Angela Steidele, Dirk Westerkamp (eds.), John Benjamin's Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 2007. ISBN 978 90 272 5207 Introduction and article ("Radical imagination and symbolic pregnance – a Castoriadis Cassirer connection").

-        Penelopes väv. För en filosofisk och teologisk pathologi (The cloth of Penelope. For a philosophical and theological pathology), Logos/Pathos Series Nr 1, Mats Rosengren and Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta Produktion, Göteborg 2003. (212 p.) ISBN 91-97-4575-1-5. Introduction and article ("Den ohörda tanken, den slumpartade formuleringen och den nytänkta idén").

Journals

-        "Politics of Magma", Art Monitor# 5, Special Issue, Sept 2008. Editing and article

-        "Cornelius Castoriadis", Res Publica 58, May 2003. ISSN 0282-6062. ISBN 91-7139-584-9. Editing, article and translations.

-        "Den mytiska ön" (The mythical island), Res Publica 55, June 2002. ISSN 0282-6062. ISBN 91-7139-564-4. Editing, article and translations.

-        "Vårt mytiska förnuft" (Our mythical reason), Res Publica 51, May 2001. ISSN 0282-6062. ISBN 91-7139-522-9. Editing and article.

-        "Den tänkande skriften" (The thinking script), Res Publica 39, May 1998. ISSN 0282-6062. ISBN 91-7139-405-2. Editing and article.

-        "Filosoferna och erotiken" (The philosophers and the erotic), Res Publica 28, January 1995, (78p). ISSN 0282-6062. ISBN 91-7139-248-3. Editing and article.

-        "Retorik" (Rhetoric), Res Publica 24, December 1993. ISSN 0282-6062. ISBN 91-7139-189-4. Editing and translations.

Book series

–       Alexander Stagnell, Etik, retorik, politik – till tvetydighetens lov, Mats Rosengren, Annika Ström and Orla Vigsö (eds.), Södertörn Rhetorical Studies # 2, 2013

–       Fischer, Otto, "Ther hielper ej 1000000 Rhetoricors läsande" – Retorikens och vältalighetens status i den svenska diskussionen under frihetstiden och den gustavianska tiden, Mats Rosengren, Annika Ström and Orla Vigsö (eds.), Södertörn Rhetorical Studies, forthcoming February 2013.

–       Iordanoglou, Dimitrios. Antiken by Night. Logos/Pathos Series N° 12, Mats Rosengren, Maria Johansen and Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg, 2009.

–       Rosengren, Cecilia. Conway - Naturfilosofi och kvinnliga tänkare i barockens tidevarv, Logos/Pathos Series N° 11, Mats Rosengren, Maria Johansen and Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg, 2009.

-        Lorenzoni, Patricia. Att färdas under dödens tecken – Frazer, imperiet och den försvinnande vilden Logos/Pathos Series N° 10, Mats Rosengren, Maria Johansen and Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg, 2008. ISBN: 978-91-976842-8-6

-        Fareld, Viktoria, Att vara utom sig inom sig Logos/Pathos Series N° 9, Mats Rosengren, Maria Johansen and Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg, 2008. ISBN: 978-91-976842-5-5

-        Sven-Eric Liedman, A Universe of Symbols – the place of Ernst Cassirer in the World and in Göteborg Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Occasional Papers of the Swedish Ernst Cassirer Society, vol 4, Malmö, 2007 ISBN 978-91-975476-3-5

-        Svenbro, Jesper, Försokratikern Sapfo och andra studier i antikt tänkande, Logos/Pathos Series N° 8, Mats Rosengren, Maria Johansen and Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg, 2007. ISBN 978-91-976842-2-4

-        Krüger, Hans-Peter, Philosophical Anthropologies in Comparison. The Approaches of Ernst Cassirer and Helmuth Plessner, Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Occasional Papers of the Swedish Ernst Cassirer Society, vol 3, Malmö, 2007 ISBN 978-91-955476-2-8

-        Martinson, Mattias, Postkristen teologi – Experiment och tydningsförsök, Logos/Pathos Series N° 7, Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg, 2007 ISBN 9789197684200

-        Ola Sigurdson, Himelska Kroppar– incarnation, blick, kroppslighet, Logos/Pathos Series N° 6, Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg, 2007 ISBN 978-91-955607-7-1

-        Sa Cavalcante Shuback, Marcia, Lovtal till intet – essäer i filosofisk hermeneutik, Logos/Pathos Series Nr 5, Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg 2006. ISBN 91-975607-5-8.

-        Joas, Hans, A German idea of Freedom? Cassirer and Troeltsch between Germany and the West, Occasional Papers of the Swedish Ernst Cassirer Society vol. 2, Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Malmö 2006. ISBN 91-975476-1-1

-        Johansen, Maria, Offentlig skrift om det hemliga – raison d'état, SOU, och Varulven, Logos/Pathos Series Nr 4, Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg 2005. ISBN 91-975607-0-7.

-        Krois, John Michael, "A passion can only be overcome by a stronger Passion": Philosophical anthropology before and after Ernst Cassirer, Occasional Papers of the Swedish Ernst Cassirer Society vol. 1, Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Malmö 2004. ISBN 91-975476-0-3.

-        Svenungson, Jayne, Guds Återkomst, en studie av gudsbegreppet i postmodern filosofi, Logos/Pathos Series Nr 3, Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg 2004. ISBN 91-97-4575-2-3.

-        Motturi, Aleksander, Filosofi vid mörkrets hjärta, Logos/Pathos Series Nr 2, Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson (eds.), Glänta produktion, Göteborg 2003. ISBN 91-973636-7-7.

-        Mats Rosengren & Ola Sigurdson(eds.), Penelopes väv. För en filosofisk och teologisk pathologi (The cloth of Penelope. For a philosophical and theological pathology), Logos/Pathos Series Nr 1, Glänta Produktion, Göteborg 2003. (212 p.) ISBN 91-97-4575-1-5.

Other scholarly publications

Articles and research reports (a selection)

-        "Sanning, seende, kunskap – produktionen av vetenskaplig kunskap sedd ur ett retoriskt, doxologiskt perspektiv", proceedings from the symposion Vetenskapsretorik: vetenskapliga framställningsformer och framställningssätt, Kungliga Vetenskaps-och vitterhetsakademin, forthcoming , KVVA, 2014

-         "Social mening – en retorisk fråga", forthcoming, Rhetorica Scandinavica, 2014

-       "Retorik, retorikvetenskap och social mening", chapter in Retorikantologin (working titel), forthcoming, Uppsala University, 2014.

-        "Magma", chapter in Cornelius Castoriadis: Key Concepts, ed S. Adams, Bloomsbury Publishing, forthcoming 2014

-       "Walk the line", post face to What is Theory, ed Hervé Corvellec, Liber, 2013.

-        "Making sense – Cassirer, Castoriadis and the embodied production of meaning", in Bodies in Action and Symbolic Forms. Horst Bredekamp, Marion Lauschke, Alex Arteaga (eds.), Actus et Imago-series, Kolleg-Forschergruppe Bildakt und Verkörperung, Berlin,  2012.

-        "Cave art as symbolic form", in Ernst Cassirer on Form and Technology: Contemporary Readings, Aud Sissel Hoel and Ingvild Folvord (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

-        Translation of "On doxa – the epistemology of the New Rhetoric" (final title in Russian yet to be communicated), in: »Voprosy filosofii« 6/2012 (in print), Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 2012

-        "On doxa – the epistemology of the New Rhetoric", in: Kjeldsen & Grue (eds.): Scandinavian Studies in Rhetoric - Rhetorica Scandinavica 1997-2010, pp. 156-167. Ödåkra: Retorikförlaget publishing, 2011

-        "True and False Chaos – the mythical origins of Creation" in Les émigrés grecs et leur influence sur le débat intellectuel français, Lambros Couloubaritsis Servanne Jolivet, Christophe Premat, Mats Rosengren (eds.), Éditions Le Manuscrit, Paris, Jan, 2012

-        "Doxology – for a contemporary protagoranism", catalogue of the exhibition Fetish Modernity, Anne-Marie Bouttiaux, Anna Seiderer and Noemi Del Vecchio (eds.), Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium, 2011

–       "Art+Research ≠ Artistic research" (Bilingual - English and German text) in The Difference between Art and Art Research across the Disciplines, Zürich Yearbook of the Arts, Eds Corina Caduff, Fiona Siegenthaler and Tan Wälchli, Vol. 6 (2009)

-         "The magma of Imaginary Politics – 8 theses", in Politics of Magma, Art Monitor # 5 Special Issue, 2008.

-        "The Cave of Doxa – Reflections on Artistic Research and on Cave Art", Art Monitor # 4, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, 2008.

-        "On creation, cave art and perception – a doxological approach", Thesis 11, volume 90, # 1, 2007. Online ISSN 1461-7455. Print ISSN 0725-5136.

-        "Radical imagination and symbolic pregnance – a Castoriadis Cassirer connection", in Embodiment Rediscovered, John Krois, Mats Rosengren, Angela Steidele, Dirk Westerkamp (eds.), John Benjamin's Publishing Company, Amsterdam 2007. ISBN 978 90 272 5207

Publications for a general readership (a selection)

-        "Förhistoria" [Prehistory], article in Glänta 1.13, May 2013

-        "Vägskäl" [Road fork], text for the exhibition Tvillingväg at Görvälns slottspark, Sweden, opening May  26 2013

-        "Pourquoi l'Internet ne dispense aucune connaissance", on Atlantico.fr, published April 17 2011,  http://www.atlantico.fr/decryptage/internet-pourquoi-net-ne-dispense-aucune-conn aissance-62953.ht

-        "Martens som Marlow. Om Renzo Martens Enjoy Poverty Episode 3, Ord och Bild, 2011.

-        "Fotbollsblivande", article and translation, Glänta 2-3, 2009

-        "Vad vi kan hoppas på II" [What we may hope for II], Göteborgs Stadsteater, text to the play Night Rider by Björn Runge, 2008.

-        "de Sautuolas språng" (de Sautuola's leap), Glänta 4, Göteborg 2007. ISSN 1104-5205

-        "Vad vi kan hoppas på" [What we may hope for], Stockholms Stadsteater, text for the play Uppdraget by Björn Runge, 2006.

-         "Ovetenskapligheter och den svenska humanistiska forskningens kris." (Unscientificalities and the crises of Swedish humanistic research), Glänta 1-2, Göteborg 2005. ISSN 1104-5205.

-        "Vårt mänskliga mått" (Human measuring), text for the theatre production of Willliam Shakespeare's Measure for measure, Malmö Dramatiska Teater, 2000.

-        "Sartres blick" (Sartre's gaze), text for the theatre production of Jean Paul Sartre's Huis clos, Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern, 2000.

-        "En korrekt filosofi – intervju med Martha C. Nussbaum (A correct philosophy? An interview with Martha C. Nussbaum), in Res Publica 30, 1995. ISSN 0282-6062.

-        "Ateisten i opposition mot nihilismen" (An atheist against nihilism), an interview with Tzvetan Todorov in Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Feb 7, 1990.

Translations

Translations of books and scholarly papers from French to Swedish

-        Samtida fransk retorisk teori – en antologi (Contemporary French Rhetorical Theory – an anthology) (preliminary title),together with Alexander Stagnell,  Retorikförlaget, forthcoming 2014/2015

-        Perelman, Chaïm, Retorikens Imperium (L'Empire Rhétorique), with introduction and commentaries, Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, Stockholm/Stehag 2004. ISBN 91-7139-667-5. (2nd revised edition at Retorikförlaget, Ödåkra, 2013)

-        Derrida, Jacques, "Signatur, händelse, kontext" (Signature, événement, context), in Filosofin genom tiderna - filosofin efter 1950, Konrad Marc-Wogau, Staffan Carlshamre. Lars Bergström (eds.), Bokförlaget Thales, Stockholm 2000. ISBN 91-7235-005-9.

-        Bourdieu, Pierre, Om Televisionen (Sur la télévision), Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, Stockholm/Stehag 1998. ISBN 91-7139-366-8.

-        Foucault, Michel, Diskursens ordning (L'ordre du discours), Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, Stockholm/Stehag 1993. ISBN 91-7139-065-0.

-        Bourdieu, Pierre, Texter om de intellektuella, (a collection of different essays and lectures, Donald Broady (ed.)), Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, Stockholm/Stehag 1992. ISBN 91-7139-035-9.

-        Sartre, Jean Paul, Egots Transcendens (La transcendence de l'Ego], Bokförlaget Daidalos, Uddevalla 1991. ISBN 91-86320-80-7.

-        de Beauvoir, Simone, För en tvetydighetens moral (Pour une morale de l'ambiguité), Bokförlaget Daidalos, Uddevalla 1990. ISBN 91-86320-58-0.

-        Todorov, Tzvetan, Symbolik och Tolkning (Symbolisme et interprétation), with afterword and commentaries, Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, Stockholm/Stehag 1989. ISBN 91-7868-181-2.

Translations of articles from French and English to Swedish

-        Bell, Vikki, 'Omvänt förbrytarporträtt. Aparición som bio-politik i dagens Argentina' (On Fernando's Photograph: The Bio-Politics of Aparición in Contemporary Argentina, Glänta 3, 2010

-        Derrida, Jacques/Birnbaum, Jean, "Jag är i krig med mig själv" ("Je suis en guerre contre moi-même"), Glänta 3, 2004.

-        Bozovic, Miran, "En synnerligen mörk plats" ("An utterly dark spot" on Jeremy Bentham's panoptical writings and his theory of fictions), Res Publica 64, 2004.

-        Adams, Suzi, "Castoriadis, naturen och fysis" (Castoriadis' shift towards physis), Res Publica 58, 2003.

-        Joas, Hans, "Språk och artikulation" (On articulation), Res Publica 58, 2003.

-        Moutzakitis, Angelos, "Autonomins trassliga rötter" (Autonomy, Imagination, Critique), Res Publica 58, 2003.

-        Vibart, Eric, "Stillahavsön – territorium utan minne" (L'île pacifique – territoire sans mémoire), Res Publica 55, 2002.

-        Bouyere, Jean-Luc, "Ordet mellan sanning och makt: Spinozas Tractatus", translated in collaboration with the author from an unpublished manuscript, Res Publica 41.

-        Perelman, Chaïm, "Retorik och Filosofi" (Rhétorique et philosophie), Res Publica 24.

-        Belaval, Yvon, "Om retorikens idé" (Sur l'idée de la rhétorique), Res Publica 24.

-        de Biasi, Pierre-Marc, "Intervju med Pierre Bourdieu" (Tout est sociale!), Res Publica 21.

-        Surya, Michel, "Kronologisk biografi över Georges Bataille", Res Publica 18.

-        Bourdieu, Pierre, "De intellektuellas roll i den moderna världen" (L'intellectuel et le monde moderne), Res Publica 17.

-        Glucksmann, André, "Michel Foucaults nihilism" (Le nihilisme de Michel Foucault), Res Publica 16.

Editorial review of translation accuracy

-        Bourdieu, Pierre, Moteld (Contrefeux) Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, Stockholm/Stehag 1999. ISBN 91-7139-424-9.

-        Bourdieu, Pierre, Homo Academicus, Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, Stockholm/Stehag 1996. ISBN 91-7139-055-3.

-        Moi, Toril, Simone de Beauvoir. Hur man skapar en kvinnlig intellektuell (The making of an intellectual woman), Brutus Östling Bokförlag Symposion, Stockholm/Stehag 1996. ISBN 91-7139-298-x.

Reviews (a selection)

-        Review, in Swedish, of Fenêtre sur le Chaos (Seuil 2007) by Cornelius Castoriadis, in Axess # 2007. ISSN 1651-0941

-        Review in English of Forms of Knowledge and Sensibility: Ernst Cassirer and the Human Sciences, Gunnar Foss and Eivind Kasa (eds.), Høyskoleforlaget AS – Norwegian Academic Press, 2002 in Sats. Nordic Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 6 No. 2, 2005. ISSN 1600-1974.

-        Review in English of Actualité de la Rhétorique, Laurent Pernot Klincksieck (ed.), Paris 2002, in Rhetorical Review, Vol. 2 No. 2, (www.nnrh.dk/RR/index.html).

-        "Tidens tio plågor enligt Derrida", review in Swedish of the Swedish translation of Jacques Derrida's Spectres de Marx, with an obituary on the occasion of the death of the philosopher, Göteborgsposten October 10 2004.

-        Review in Swedish of the new translation into Swedish by Jan Stolpe of Plato's Republic, in Göteborgsposten January 2 2004.

-        "Rhetorike ≠ Retorik", a discussing review in Swedish of Edward Schiappa's works and his rewriting of the history of rhetoric, in Svenska dagbladet August 14 2001.

-        "Sanningen väntar inte på oss" review in Swedish of the recent translations of Martin Heidegger's later work, in Göteborgsposten January 15 2000.