Stanford University

"Every novel says to the reader: ‘Things are not as simple as you think.’ That is the novel's eternal truth, but it grows steadily harder to hear amid the din of easy, quick answers."

—Milan Kundera 

wine and coffee cup Crossing departmental boundaries.
Expanding perspectives.
Opening minds.

Philosophy + Literature is a unique initiative that brings together faculty from more than 10 departments, along with curious undergraduate and graduate students, to ask and answer big questions.  For example:

  • Should we live our life as a story?
  • Must we always be honest with ourselves?
  • Can philosophical approaches account for the specific power of literary works?
  • Can literary devices contribute to philosophical goals?

Innovative & Interdisciplinary

One of the only programs of its kind, nationally and internationally.

Events & Workshops

Join a reading group. Participate in a research workshop. Attend talks and conferences.

For Undergraduates

Undergraduates can explore the terrain and expand their horizons by starting with our Gateway Course. It's the first step in special major tracks in philosophy and literature.

For Graduates

Graduate students can take a PhD Minor, or gain unique interdisciplinary teaching experience supporting the undergraduate program.

Browse books by our faculty

Amir Eshel, 2012

Allen W. Wood, 2016

Monika Greenleaf, 1994

Margaret Cohen, 1995

Nariman Skakov, 2012