The Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature at Duke University.

“ARTS” INCLUDES THEATER, PAINTING, FILM, MUSIC, AND OTHER ARTS.

PAL exists to encourage and promote work that places literature, theater, painting, film, and other arts in conversation with philosophy without reducing them to mere illustrations of philosophical paradigms. It seeks to foster conversation between writers and artists and scholars and critics.

PAL for Graduate Students

PAL strives to provide a relaxed yet intellectually exciting atmosphere, in which graduate students are invited to come together across disciplinary boundaries to explore questions of common interest. You don’t have to be committed to any of PAL’s core fields to find PAL a welcoming space. PAL encourages graduate students to come together to read and write, and to discuss works of intellectual interest in many disciplines.

PAL WELCOMES ALL KINDS OF PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LITERATURE AND THE ARTS, AND ON QUESTIONS IN AESTHETICS AND LITERARY THEORY.

PAL will continue to encourage exploration of ordinary language philosophy in the tradition after Wittgenstein, J. L. Austin and Stanley Cavell.