Imagination Workshop

Daniel Jacobson
Daniel Jacobson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green and a Senior Research Fellow of the Social Philosophy and Policy Center. His book, Rational Sentimentalism, co-authored with Justin D’Arms of Ohio State University, is currently under contract with Oxford University Press. He has written widely on the relation between moral and aesthetic value, the history of ethics (J. S. Mill), moral psychology (especially the philosophy of emotion), political and applied philosophy (freedom of speech), metaethics (sentimentalism and sensibility theory), and normative ethics (consequentialism and virtue ethics).

Eileen John
Eileen John teaches Philosophy at the University of Warwick (we’ll spare you her official designation within the British university system).  She has edited the excellent Blackwell collection Philosophy of Literature: Contemporary and Classic Readings (with Dominic Lopes).  She has also written a number of important papers on aesthetics, including 'Reading Fiction and Conceptual Knowledge: Philosophical Thought in Literary Context'; 'Henry James: Making Moral Life Interesting'; 'Literary Fiction and the Philosophical Value of Detail'; and the entry 'Art and Knowledge,' in The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics.

Gary Saul Morson
Saul Morson is Professor of Slavic at Northwestern University, where he holds not one but two endowed chairs, and teaches a much-beloved course on Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time; Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics (with Caryl Emerson); Hidden in Plain View: Narrative and Creative Potentials in "War and Peace"; The Boundaries of Genre: Dostoevsky's "Diary of a Writer" and the Traditions of Literary Utopia; and the hilarious And Quiet Flows the Vodka, or When Pushkin Comes to Shove: The Curmudgeon's Guide to Russian Literature and Culture (under the pseudonym Alicia Chudo). He has recently completed “Anna Karenina” in Our Time: Seeing More Wisely, forthcoming from Yale. He is also working on a study of aphorisms, witticisms, and other kinds of quotation; on a sequel to his book on time and contingency; and on a study of Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.

Blakey Vermeule
Blakey Vermeule is Associate Professor of English at Stanford. Her research interests are British literature from 1660-1800, critical theory, cognitive approaches to literature, major British poets, post-Colonial fiction, and the history of the novel. She is the author of The Party of Humanity: Writing Moral Psychology in Eighteenth-Century Britain. She is currently working on the manuscript of her second book, Making Sense of Fictional People: A Literary and Cognitive Project, which blends historical and literary analysis with cognitive psychology.

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