Past Events

Friday November 2: Philosopher R. A. Briggs (text) and artist Anna Zusman (image) present their new collaborative book, Modern American Gods.

Tuesday October 29: Radhika Koul, "Imagination and Poiesis in 17th-century Europe and 10th-century Kashmir."

Tuesday, May 15, 2018: Antonia Peacocke (Philosophy, UC Berkeley / Stanford): "Poetry and Imaginative Expansion."

Friday April 27-Saturday April 28, 2018: "Interiorities: Reflecting Subjectivity and Sociality."
The first annual Duke-Stanford graduate student conference, cosponsored by the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature at Duke University, DLCL, and the Deans' Office.
(1) Opening keynote—Karla Oeler (Film, Stanford): “Cinema and Soliloquy”
(2) Graduate Panels (simultaneous)
* **Panel 1: "Subjects, Objects, Minds"
* **Phoebus Cotsapas: “'Que suis-je?': Locating the Subject in the Late Work of Rousseau and Diderot”
* **Maciej Kurzynski: “In Defense of the Subject: The Thought of Gao Ertai”
* **James Draney: “J. M. Coetzee: Thinking Outside the Computational Model”
* **Robert Tate: “Ovidian Reflections amid Westworld’s Bicameral Mind”
* **Panel 2: Sociality, Discomposed
* **Mae Lyons-Penner: “Wor(l)ds of Feeling: Pain and Subjectivity in the Old French Prose Lancelot”
* **Christian Whitworth: “Disfarmer, Dissociated: Photography, Trauma, and Retreat at the Margins of American Myth”
* **Jason Beckman: “Metafictional Mirrors: Reflecting on ‘You’ in the Second Person Narratives of Italo Calvino and Tawada Y?ko”
* **Patrick Hughes: “The Geography of Racism”
(3) Workshop on Simone Weil: "The Iliad, or The Poem of Force"
(4) Graduate Panels (simultaneous)
* **Panel 3: Interiority and the Intelligibility of Action
* **Kevin Spencer: “Disowning Action in Macbeth
* **Devin Buckley: “Feeling as Moral Life: Coleridge’s Phenomenology of Affect in Aids to Reflection
* **Christoph Schmitz: “Endgames: Interiority and Communication Breakdown in Thomas Bernhard’s The Lime Works
* **Panel 4: Saturated Horizons in Narrative and Image
* **Graylin Harrison: “Luca Giordano: (Auto)Biography and Articulation of Self”
* **Jason Vartikar: “ Thomas Cole's 1833 The Titan's Goblet as Metaphor for the Mind”
* **John Jolly: “‘Learning to See’ the Image (Weltinnenraum): On Lyric Imagination and Phenomenological Interiority in Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
(5) Closing Keynote—Yi-Ping Ong (Comparative Thought and Literature, Johns Hopkins): "Anna Karenina Reads on the Train: Readerly Subjectivity and the Poetics of the Novel"

Tuesday, April 10, 2018: Oded Naaman (Philosophy postdoc, Stanford): "Grief, Narrative, and the Continuation of Love by Other Means."

March 5, 2018: a discussion with Robert Chodat (English, Boston U) about his new book, The Matter of High Words: Naturalism, Normativity, and the Postwar Sage.

February 20, 2018: Victoria Zurita (Comp Lit, Stanford): "Borges, nostalgia, and the reimagining of tradition."

January 27, 2018: trip to Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party" at ACT in San Francisco.

November 13, 2017: a discussion with Roger Maioli about his new book, Empiricism and the Early Theory of the Novel.
Cosponsored by the English department and the Seminar on the Enlightenment and Revolution.

October 27-28, 2017: "Music as Art: Theory, Philosophy, and the Western Canon.”
Cosponsored by the Department of Music.

October 24, 2017: Grant Dowling (Philosophy, Stanford): "Literary Metempsychosis: Toward Tropic Theories of Textual Interaction in Classical Reception Studies."

October 10, 2017: Michael Fitzpatrick (Philosophy, Stanford): "Freely they... fell who fell."

May 25, 2017: Roger Grant (Music, Wesleyan): "The Musical Origins of Contemporary Affect Theory."

May 23, 2017: Willie Costello (postdoc, Philosophy): "What Moralists in Aesthetics Must (and yet cannot) Prove."

May 9, 2017: Radhika Koul (PhD candidate, Comparative Literature): "The Turn to the Spectator: The Evolution of Aesthetic Thought in Medieval Kashmir and Pre-Revolutionary France."

April 27, 2017: Vincent Barletta (ILAC and CompLit, Stanford): "Rhythm's Enigma."

April 25, 2017: Patric Di Dio Di Marco (PhD candidate, German): "Beyond Ethics: A Response to Europe’s Migration Crisis through Medieval Epic?"

April 18, 2017: Chiara Ricciardone (PhD candidate in Rhetoric, UC Berkeley): "Ring Composition in Plato's Phaedo, And How it Explains the Mystery of Socrates' Last Words."

April 11, 2017: Olga Lenczewska (PhD candidate, Philosophy): "Italo Calvino's 'Narrative Carnival': The Absolute Power and the Insuperable Limitations of Authorship."

February 13, 6pm: Phoebus Cotsapas (PhD candidate, French): "Writing and Responsibility."

January 30, 6pm: Thomas Slabon (PhD candidate, Philosophy) on "Love and Literature: The Generation and Structure of Caritas."

November 17, 2016: "Literatura y Religión en un Mundo Secular: Sacralidad, Redención y Carne."
(1) Aníbal González (Spanish and Portuguese, Yale): "En busca del libro sagrado: Rayuela, o el Evangelio según Horacio Oliveira"
(2) Jenny Haase (Humboldt University, Berlin), "La carnalidad de las estatuas: mística y discurso religioso en Anna de Noailles y Delmira Agustin"
(3) Monica VanBladel (PhD candidate, DLCL): "‘La historia me absolverá’: narración teológica en busca de la redención en La muerte de Artemio Cruz"
Cosponsored with the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures.

November 4, 2016: Interdisciplinary Humanities Symposium
(1) Niklaus Largier (German and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley) on "Figures of Possibility: Between Hermeneutics and Experience".
(2) Faculty Panel on Interpretation and Hermeneutics, featuring Niklaus Largier (UC, Berkeley), Robert Pippin (U. of Chicago), Rachael Briggs (Stanford) and Joshua Landy (Stanford).
(3) Graduate Student Panel Presentations: Matt Stone (TAPS), Björn Buschbeck (German Studies), Boris Shoshitaishvili (CompLit), Hannah H. Kim (Philosophy)
(4) Reading Group: seminar-style reading session on Susan Sontag's "Against Interpretation" and Marianne Moore's "Poetry". Texts will be provided; no need to read in advance.
(5) Robert Pippin (Committee on Social Thought, U Chicago) on "Hitchcock's Vertigo: On the Anxieties of Unknowingness"
Cosponsored with the Department of Philosophy and the Stanford Humanities Center.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016: Christa Acampora (Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center) on "Moral Injury."

Monday, May 16, 2016: Toril Moi (Literature/PAL, Duke) on "Reading as a practice of acknowledgment: The text as action and expression."

Tuesday, May 3, 2016: Akeel Bilgrami (Philosophy, Columbia) on “Value, Rationality, and Alienation."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Kendall Walton (Philosophy, U Michigan), "Varieties of Abstraction—in Painting, Music and Literature."

April 4, 2016: roundtable discussion on literature and philosophy, with Amir Eshel, Michelle Karnes, R. Lanier Anderson, and Alexander Key.

February 18, 2016: Oren Izenberg (English, Irvine): Lyric poetry and the "Cosmoscope."

May 13, 2015: a discussion with Lucy Alford about her paper "Resignation as a Mode of Poetic Attention."

May 6, 2015: Stephen Davies (Philosophy, U of Auckland, NZ): "Modest Actual Mentalism: Questions and Comments."

April 29, 2015, 5:15 p.m.: Dora Zhang (English, Berkeley): "Something in the Air: Atmosphere and Aesthetics."

April 15, 2015
Hannah Walser
, "Notes Toward a Cultural History of the Homunculus."

March 11, 2015
Discussion of work by Boris Shoshitaishvili, "Hints of a Mimetic Hierarchy:
Spoudaios and Phaulos in Aristotle's Poetics."

February 4th, 2015
Michaela Hulstyn, "Unselfing as Multiplication: The Case of Abdelkebir Khatibi."

November 3, 2014
Alexander Nemerov (Art History, Stanford), "Thomas Cole's Hat: on Being an Artist."

October 27, 2014
A discussion with R. Lanier Anderson (Philosophy, Stanford) and Rachel Cristy (Philosophy, Princeton) of their paper, "What is ‘the Meaning of our Cheerfulness’? Philosophy as a Way of Life in Nietzsche and Montaigne.”

May 28, 2014
Yi-Ping Ong (Humanities Center, Hopkins): "The Problem of Ethics and Literature: J.M. Coetzee's The Lives of Animals."

May 1, 2014
Araj Merjian (Art History, NYU): "Painting in Chains: Giorgio de Chirico’s Nietzschean Interiors."
Cosponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of French and Italian, and the Mediterranean Studies Forum.

April 16, 2014
Author meets critics: Robert Pippin (Committee on Social Thought, Chicago) discussing his new book After the Beautiful: Hegel and the Philosophy of Visual Modernism.
Panelists: Fred Rush (Philosophy, Notre Dame), Adrian Daub (German, Stanford).

April 7, 2014
David Halperin (English, Michigan) discussed his new book, How to be Gay.
Respondents: Adrian Daub (German, Stanford); Terry Castle (English, Stanford).

March 6-7, 2014
"Borges and Philosophy Today."
Cosponsored by Philosophy, MTL, ILAC, CLAS, and the Stanford Humanities Center.

March 1-2, 2014
"Science of Story and Imagination: Perspectives from Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and the Humanities"
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
Saturday March 1, 10-11am: Introduction
Frederick Aldama (English, Ohio State)
Alison Gopnik (Psychology, UC Berkeley)
Joshua Landy (Comparative Literature, Stanford University)
Saturday March 1, 11:15am-1:15pm: Development of the Imagination
Paul Harris (GSE, Harvard University)
Deena Skolnick Weisberg (Psychology, University of Pennsylvania)
Marjorie Taylor (Psychology, University of Oregon)
Saturday March 1, 3-5pm: Imagination, Possibility, and Fiction
Raymond Mar (Psychology, York University)
Tamar Gendler (Philosophy, Yale University)
Uri Hasson (Psychology, Princeton University)
Sunday March 2, 10am-12 noon: Fictional Objects
Patrick Colm Hogan (English, University of Connecticut)
Blakey Vermeule (English, Stanford University)
Lisa Zunshine (English, University of Kentucky)
Sunday March 2, 12:15-1:15pm: Concluding Discussion (All participants)
Cosponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center, the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, the Institute of Human Development at UC Berkeley, the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences at UC Berkeley, and the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio State University.

February 19, 2014
Toril Moi (Comparative Literature, Duke): "'Understanding from Inside,' or Critique and Admiration: Reading after Wittgenstein and Cavell."
Cosponsored by the DLCL and the Stanford Humanities Center.

February 20, 2014
Discussion with Toril Moi of her paper, “‘They practice their trades in different worlds’: Concepts in Poststructuralism and Ordinary Language Philosophy.”

December 4, 2014
Garry Hagberg (Bard): "Wittgenstein Re-reading"

November 6, 2014
Stacie Friend (Philosophy, Heythrop College, UK): "Believing in Stories"

May 16, 2013: Sianne Ngai (English, Stanford) discussed her new book, Our Aesthetic Categories.

May 2, 2013: Alva Noë (Philosophy, Berkeley): "The Fragile Manifest: Toward a Phenomenology of Thinking."

March 5, 2013
Robert Gooding-Williams (Political Science, Chicago): "Obama, DuBois, Autobiography"

February 22-23, 2013
"Narrative Self, Lyric Self, Absent Self: Literary, Psychological, and Philosophical Approaches to Self-Fashioning."
Which is more important: the harmony of a soul or the arc of a life? Does unified selfhood mean overcoming inner division or does it mean overcoming change across time, linking together a series of discrete episodes into a single coherent narrative? And is unity (of either sort) something we should want in the first place?
Philosophers, psychologists, and literary theorists came together to discuss these questions at Stanford in February, 2013. At issue: what personal identity might consist in; why we might want it (or not); how literary models—both lyric and narrative—can help to guide us; and how much depends, in all cases, on other people.

* **
1) Narrative Selves
* **Suzanne Keen (English, Washington and Lee)
* **Alexander Nehamas (Philosophy, Princeton)
* **Daniel Schacter (Psychology, Harvard)
* **2) Selves Without Stories
* **R. Lanier Anderson (Philosophy, Stanford)
* **Thomas Pavel (Committee on Social Thought, Chicago)
* **Winston Chiong (Memory and Aging Center, UCSF)
*3) Lives Without Selves
* **H. Porter Abbott (English, UC Santa Barbara)
* **Owen Flanagan (Psychology, Duke)
* **Elijah Millgram (Philosophy, Utah)
4) The Role of Others
* **Alison Gopnik (Psychology, UC Berkeley)
* **Richard Eldridge (Philosophy, Swarthmore)
* **Alex Woloch (English, Stanford)
Cosponsored by the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy, and the Stanford Humanities Center.

November 2, 2012
Alexander Nehamas (Philosophy, Princeton): "Nietzsche, Intention, Action."

October 17, 2012
Alexis Burgess (Philosophy, Stanford): "How We Ought to Do Things with Words"

October 3, 2012
Bachir Diagne (French, Columbia): "The Postcolonial and the Universal."
Consponsored by the Center for African Studies.

June 1, 2012   
Philosophy and Literature Undergraduate Colloquium (III)   
1) Philosophical Aesthetics
    Chair: Grisha Freidin, Slavic
    Speaker: Josefina Massot, "Morals of Desire: The (more or less polite) conversation      
     Kant and Nietzsche never had"
(2) Montaigne as Philosopher and as Writer
    Chair: Jeremy Sabol, SLE
    Speakers: Tyler Haddow, "Authentic Narrative in Montaigne's 'Of Repentance'"
    Karissa Paddie, "Performance and Self-Painting in Montaigne's 'Of Giving the Lie'"
(3) The Problem of Meaning in Modern Life
    Chair: Robert Harrison, French and Italian
    Speakers: Andrea Acosta, "What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?"
    Zoya Lozoya, "Death and the Problem of Meaning: Modernity in Max Weber's 
    Dialogue with Leo Tolstoy"

April 25, 2012
C. Namwali Serpell (English, Berkeley): "Theories of Value."

May 9, 2012
Kristin Boyce (Stanford): "An Anscombian Approach to Artistic Intention."

May 30, 2012
Daniel Morgan (Film, Pittsburg): "Cinema, Painting, and the Status of History in Jean-Luc Godard's Histoire(s) du cinéma."

March 9, 2012
"How to Read Philosophy or Literature: The Case of Plato's Symposium", a conversation with Louis Menand (English, Harvard) and Alison Simmons (Philosophy, Harvard).
Co-sponsored by the Mellon Fellows Program and the Stanford Humanities Center.

March 8, 2012
Louis Menand (English, Harvard): "The Great Books Era."
Sponsored by the Mellon Fellows Program and the Stanford Humanities Center.

February 29, 2012
Roundtable on Nihilism
Discussants: R. Jay Wallace (Philosophy, Berkeley), Robert Harrison (French and Italian, Stanford), Nancy Ruttenberg (English, Stanford)
Cosponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center.

February 15, 2012
Herbert Clark (Psychology, Stanford), "Description and Depiction in Narratives."

February 8, 2012
Malcolm Turvey (Film, Sarah Lawrence College): "Vertov, The View from Nowhere, and the Expanding Circle," a discussion of Dziga Vertov's "A Sixth Part of the World."

January 18, 2012
Roundtable on the Philosophy of Music
Discussants: Hannah Ginsborg (Philosophy, Berkeley), Adrian Daub (German, Stanford), Charles Kronengold (Music, Stanford)

November 30, 2011
Jonathan Lear (Chicago, Philosophy): "A Lost Conception of Irony." Co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center.

May 10, 2011
Oren Izenberg (Illinois-Chicago, English): “La Confiance au Monde, or, The Poetry of Ease.” Co-sponsored with the Workshop in Poetics.

May 6, 2011
Philosophy and Literature Undergraduate Colloquium (II)
* **(1) Lived Forms
* **Emily Childs, "The Tragic Worry: Dangers in Shaping an Aesthetic Life"
* **Jessica Asperger, "Nuance and Narrative Arc: The Tension of Detail and Diachronism"
* **Respondent: Joshua Landy (French and Italian)
* **(2) Figures of Indirection
* **Eli Lichtenstein, "Platonic Irony in the Gorgias"
* **Ilana Lohr-Schmidt, "Two Theories of Metaphor and 'Hills Like White Elephants'"
* **Respondent: Michelle Karnes (English)
* **(3) Critical Perceptions
* **Stephen Hilfer, "Art and Dialectic: A New Aesthetic For a New Age"
* **Alex Romanczuk, "Berlin Childhood and Around and Around"
* **Respondent: Adrian Daub (German Studies)

April 21, 2011
Vera Tobin (Cognitive Science, Case Western): "Old Reliable: Unreliable Narrators, the Curse of Knowledge, and Implausible Surprise."
Cosponsored by the Department of Psychology.

March 7, 2011
Miguel Tamen (Program in Theory, Lisbon): "The Trouble with 'Tangible'."
Cosponsored with the Tangible Thoughts Research Project, the Renaissances Focal Group, and the Stanford Humanities Center.

March 10, 2011
Yi-Ping Ong (Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins): "Existentialism and the Novel."
Cosponsored by the English Department.

January 14-15, 2011
"Film and Philosophy II"
* **(1) Modernist Realism in Film
* **Stephen Mulhall (Philosophy, Oxford): “Countering the Ballad of Co-Dependency: The * **Realistic Spirit of David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
* **(2) Time and the (Moving) Image
* **Scott Bukatman (Film, Stanford): “Comics and the Critique of Chrono-Photography.”
* **Nariman Skakov (Slavic, Stanford): “Dislocations of Time in Tarkovsky's Mirror.”
* **(3) Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street and the Case for Naive Reading
* **Robert Pippin (Committee on Social Thought, Chicago)
* **George Wilson (Philosophy, USC)
* **(4) The Phenomenology of Film
* **Vivian Sobchack (Film, UCLA): “Fleshing Out the Image: Phenomenology, Pedagogy, ** **and Derek Jarman's Blue
* **(5) The Philosophy of LOST
* **R. Lanier Anderson and Joshua Landy in conversation with Michael Emerson.

October 28, 2010
Antoine Compagnon, "1966: la seconde révolution française." (Cosponsored with French & Italian and the French Culture Workshop.)

May 27, 2010
Charles Griswold: A seminar on Aesthetic Unity in Plato's Phaedrus.

May 4, 2010
Tzvetan Todorov: "A seminar on Avant-garde Ideologies, 1909-1939." (Cosponsored with the Stanford Humanities Center.)

April 16, 2010
Philosophy and Literature Undergraduate Colloquium
* **(1) Voices of the Self
* **Miles Osgood, "Fashioning the Self in Others' Words: Quotation in Montaigne"
* **Josefina Massot, “The Voice of Irony: Three Approaches and a Possible Solution to the * **Problem of Ironic Self-Reference in Adaptation
* **Atticus Bergman, “The Life Within Castration: On Peter Greenaway’s A Zed and Two * *** Noughts
* **Respondent: Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi (Classics)
* **(2) Fictions of Ideas
* **Daniel Hollingshead, “Globes Betwixt Mirrors: Inconceivable Objects in the Works of * ** *Borges”
* **Chris Baker, “Man and the Idea: The Quest for Agency in Joyce’s Ulysses and Borges’ * **Fictions
* **David Rosenthal, “Sappho, Plato, Proust: The Aesthetics of Desire”
* **Respondent: Adrian Daub (German Studies)
* **(3) Literary Intimation
* **Natalie Sudikoff,“Gorgias: An Inquiry Into Platonic Intimation”
* **John P. Lindsay, “Investigation of G.R.F Ferrari’s Nero-Blanca Intimation Model to
* **Describe Author-Reader Intimation”
* **Response and keynote address: G.R.F. Ferrari (Classics, Berkeley)

March 16, 2010
Louis Menand and Alison Simmons: “The Mind-Body Problem in Psychiatry, Philosophy and Literature.”

March 15, 2010
Blakey Vermeule in conversation about her new book, Why Do We Care about Literary Characters?. Respondents: Jonathan Kramnick (Rutgers) and Louis Menand (Harvard).

March 10, 2010
Russell Berman, "The Future of the Humanities" (Graduate Workshop)

February 24, 2010
G.R.F. Ferrari (Classics, Berkeley): “Storytelling and Intimation: A Somewhat Gricean Account.”

January 15-16, 2010
"Film and Philosophy"
* **(1) Film Noir
* **Robert Pippin, "Fate and Film Noir: Some Filmic Philosophy in Out of the Past"
* **George Wilson, "Love and Bullshit  in Santa Rosa: On the Coen Brothers’
* ** The Man Who Wasn’t There
* **(2) Philosophy and Theory
* **Jean Ma, "Object Lessons: The Film Essay"
* **Malcolm Turvey, "Medium-Specificity Defended"
* **(3) Cinema and the Mind
* **Pavle Levi: "Film/Cinema: A Dialectical Couple"
* **Karla Oeler: "Cinema and Interiority"
* **(4) Self-Reference
* **Joshua Landy: "Still Life in a Narrative Age: Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation"
* **Jean-Pierre Dupuy: "Evil and Self-Reference in Fritz Lang's Fury"
* **(5) Fiction and Truth
* **David Thomson: "If the cinema is the truth 24 times a second, how shall we tell lies?

January 8-13, 2010
George Pattison (Divinity, Oxford)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
“The Heart Could Never Speak…: Reflections on Language in an Age of Technology”
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
"Time, merciful Lord … Reflections on Time, Spirit and Prayer"
Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 (2pm); Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 (2pm); and Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 (12pm): Three Workshops

November 11, 2009
Adrian Daub, "The Politics of Longevity: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's Essayism and the Art of Outliving Oneself" (Graduate Workshop)

October 28, 2009
Chris Donaldson, "'Greek His Own Way': Hölderlin's Pindar Translations" (Graduate Workshop)

Thursday, October 8, 2009
The Origin Cycle: new musical settings of texts selected from Darwin's On the Origin of Species, featuring Jane Sheldon with The Firebird Ensemble.

October 7, 2009
Ben Wolfson, "Does one know what one is doing?" (Graduate Workshop)

Thursday, June 4, 2009
"What is Narrative?" A discussion featuring William Flesch (English, Brandeis), Jonathan Kramnick (English, Rutgers), Joshua Landy (French, Stanford), Blakey Vermeule (English, Stanford), and moderated by Lanier Anderson (Philosophy, Stanford).

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Gregory Currie (Philosophy, Nottingham): "Dis-interpreting The Birds"

Friday, March 13, 2009
Evolution, Cognition, and the Arts
* **(1) Is Narrative an Adaptation?
* **William Flesch (English, Brandeis)
* **Jonathan Kramnick (English, Rutgers)
* **Blakey Vermeule (English, Stanford)
* **(2) Music and the Brain
* **Jonathan Berger (Music, Stanford)* *
* **Daniel Levitin (Psychology, McGill)

February 11, 2009
Florian Klinger, “Musil’s Kinetic Gestures: What is More Actual than the Actual" (Graduate Workshop)

January 21, 2009
Joshua Landy, “The Devil, the Master-Criminal, and the Re-Enchantment of the World” (Graduate Workshop)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Denis Dutton (Philosophy, Canterbury NZ; founding Editor of Philosophy and Literature, creator of Arts and Letters Daily) on his new book The Art Instinct.

November 18, 2008
Nir Evron, “Narratology and Metalepsis” (Graduate Workshop)

October 21, 2008
David Marno, “Unfolding Grace: The Poetics of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets” (Graduate Workshop)

October 7, 2008
Kathryn Hume, “Descartes’ Relevance to Theories of Fictionality: Time, Identity and Reference in the Discourse and the Meditations” (Graduate Workshop)

Thursday, May 29, 2008
A discussion with Robert Harrison about his new book, Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition.

May 28, 2008
Marton Dornbach, “Feeling of Life: Kantian aesthetics as a normative phenomenology of the embodied mind” (Graduate Workshop)

May 14, 2008
Lauren Boehm, “Death in Operation: Tragic Irony, Organic Form, and the Fate of the Romantic Lyric”; Melanie Conroy, “Notes on Stendhal’s Armance, ou quelques scènes d’un salon de Paris en 1827” (Graduate Workshop)

April 16, 2008
Ben Wolfson, “Tertiumne Datur? Charles on Aristotelian Desire" (Graduate Workshop)

Friday, April 25, 2008
Timothy Hampton (Berkeley), Krista Lawlor (Stanford), and Anthony A. Long (Berkeley): "Essaying Montaigne: An Interdisciplinary Discussion on 'De L' Expérience'."
This panel was part of the conference "Between Experience and Experiment in the Early Modern World," hosted by the DLCL's "Renaissances" group.

Thursday, April 3, 2008
"Reading Literarily, Reading Philosophically":
A roundtable discussion with Louis Menand (English, Harvard University) and Alison Simmons (Philosophy, Harvard University).

Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Louis Menand (Harvard University): "A Few Dogmas of Literary Study."

Friday, February 22, 2008
Literature and Cognitive Science
** (1) Irony
* ***Herbert Clark (Psychology)
* ***Joshua Landy (French)
* ***Elaine Scarry (English, Harvard)
* ***Chair: R. Lanier Anderson, Philosophy
* *(2) The Passions
* ***Philip Fisher (English, Harvard)
* ***James Gross (Psychology)
* ***Chair: Blakey Vermeule, English

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Philip Fisher (English, Harvard): "Small Scale Aesthetics: Is Seeing a Form of Reading?"

February 13, 2008
Will Beals, “Nietzschean Freedom” (Graduate Workshop)

Thursday, February 7, 2008
Pierre Force (French & History, Columbia): "Hadot's Wittgenstein"

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Pierre Force: "Montaigne: What Kind of a Skeptic?"

January 23, 2008
Noreen Khawaja, “Heidegger on the Essence of Poetry and the Fate of Form” (Graduate Workshop)

November 28, 2007
Florian Klinger, “Robert Musil’s Kinetic Gestures” (Graduate Workshop)

November 7, 2007
Chris Donaldson, "The Palazzo di Venezia Triptych" (Graduate Workshop)

Friday, October 19, 2007
Richard Moran (Harvard): "Kant, Proust, and the Appeal of Beauty."

October 17, 2007
Nir Evron, “Henry James, Hegel and the Question of Freedom: A Philosophical Reading of The Portrait of a Lady” (Graduate Workshop)

Friday-Sunday June 22-24, 2007
Imagination Workshop
* *(1) The imagination as faculty
* *Blakey Vermeule (English, Stanford)
* *(2) Metaphor and irony
* *Eileen John (Philosophy and Literature, Warwick)
* *(3) The imagination in response to fiction
* *G. Saul Morson (Slavic, Northwestern)
* *(4) Empathy and “imaginative resistance”
* *R. Lanier Anderson (Philosophy, Stanford)

June 6, 2007
Noreen Khawaja, “Socrates, World-historical Existentialism, and Sin” (Graduate Workshop)

Thursday, May 31, 2007
A discussion with David Hills about his work in progress, "Bottom's Dream: Metaphor and Make-Believe."

May 16, 2007
Harris Feinsod, “‘These vast imaginations shrank:’ Vico’s Giants and the Dimensions of the Human” (Graduate Workshop)

April 18, 2007
Lisa Villarreal, "On Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello" (Graduate Workshop)

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2007
Stephen Palmer (Psychology, U.C. Berkeley): “Aesthetic Science: Oxymoron or a New Branch of Cognitive Science?”
Sponsored by The Stanford Humanities Fellows Program.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
A discussion with Ramon Saldívar about "Bilingual Aesthetics and the Transnational Imaginary," a chapter from his book The Borderlands of Culture.

February 21, 2007
David Marno, “The Piercing Eye of God’s Grace” (Graduate Workshop)

February 7, 2007
Ben Wolfson, “What Kinds of Lives Have Narrative Coherence?” (Graduate Workshop)

January 17, 2007
Chris Donaldson, “To Proswpon Thewrias: Husserl, Philesius & Ilacomilus, Aristophanes” (Graduate Workshop)

Friday, January 12, 2007
Winfried Menninghaus: "On the 'Vital Significance' of Kitsch: Walter Benjamin's Politics of 'Bad Taste.'"

Thursday, January 11, 2007
Winfried Menninghaus (Freie Universität, Berlin): "Functional Narratives of Art: Negotiating Transcendental and Evolutionary Aesthetics."

November 29, 2006
Florian Klinger, “Music as Gesture" (Graduate Workshop)

Thursday, November 16, 2006
A discussion with Alexander Nehamas about his book in progress, Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art.

November 1, 2006
Fabian Goppelsroder, “Gesture” (Graduate Workshop)

October 11, 2006
Laurel Scotland-Stewart, "Social Invisibility and Phenomenology" (Graduate Workshop)

May 31, 2006
Ben Wolfson, “Two Questions of Form in Two Dialogues of Oscar Wilde” (Graduate Workshop)

Thursday, May 25, 2006
A discussion with Blakey Vermeule about her book in progress, Machiavellian Intelligence and Theory of Mind.

May 17, 2006
Nicola Suthor, “Johannes Kahrs: Painting after Photography (Malingering Reality)” & Bissera Pentcheva, “The Energy of the Relic vs the Artifice of the Container” (Graduate Workshop)

April 19, 2006
Laurel Scotland-Stewart, “Phenomenology and the Experience of the Actor” (Graduate Workshop)

Thursday, April 6, 2006
A discussion with Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht about his book Production of Presence.
Respondents: Robert Harrison (Italian) and Bissera Pentcheva (Art History).

March 1, 2006
Florian Klinger, “7 Theses on Judgment” (Graduate Workshop)

February 8, 2006
Manuel Clemens, “Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Problem of Liberal Education” (Graduate Workshop)

January 19, 2006
4. Peyton McElroy, “The Will to Truth and Saving Illusion: Redemption in the Gay Science” (Graduate Workshop)

November 30, 2005
Edward Vazquez, “Seeing Sandback” (Graduate Workshop)

November 9, 2005
Anne Hamilton, “Moral Luck and Retrospective Assessment” (Graduate Workshop)

October 19, 2005
Ahmed Tayel, “Aesthetic Response in Reading Modern English Poetry” (Graduate Workshop)

Friday-Saturday May 20-21, 2005
Colloquium on Erwin Schrödinger
cosponsored with the Philosophical Reading Group

Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Jan Assmann (University of Heidelberg): "All Gods are One: The Idea of Unity in Egyptian Polytheism"

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004
Irina Prokhorova: "Intellectual Life and Intellectual Production Under Present-Day Russian Traditionalism"
cosponsored with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Thursday, May 20, 2004, 7 p.m., Building 200, Room 105.
Alexander Nehamas: “The Aesthetics of the Everyday: Art and the Rest of Life.”

Friday March 12, 2004
Philosophy and Literature Graduate Student Colloquium

February 13-14, 2004
Bay Area Philosophical Colloquium: Hannah Arendt
cosponsored with the Philosophical Reading Group

Friday, February 13, 2004
Thomas Pavel: “Littérature et perpléxité morale.”

Thursday, February 12, 2004
Eckart Förster: “Hegel's Debt To Goethe.”

Monday, November 17 & Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Alexander Piatigorsky: “The Buddhist Philosophy of Thinking and Thought (ABHIDHARMA).”

Thursday, May 29, 2003
Robert Pippin: “On ‘Becoming Who One Is’ (and Failing): Proust’s Problematic Selves.”

Friday, April 25, 2003
Kendall Walton: “Experiencing Still Photographs: What Do You See and How Long Do You See It?”

Thursday, February 6, 2003
Glenn Most: “A Dance to the Music of Timelessness: The Gesamtkunstwerk and its Nostalgias.”

Friday January 31, 2003
Miguel Tamen: “My Taste.”

Winter Quarter 2002-3
Philosophy and Literature Colloquium: Descartes, Montaigne, Calvino

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