Literature, Philosophy, Ethics with Niklas Forsberg (Uppsala) and Nora Hämäläinen (Helsinki)

Duke University
25-26 February 2016

Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (FHI Garage)
C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse, First Floor
Duke University

“Literature does many things,” Iris Murdoch writes. This workshop will focus on some of the ways in which literature can be philosophically important without being didactic (exemplifying, illustrative, exemplary for conduct, etc.). In the workshop, we will ask how literature can be a partner in the philosophical and ethical work of coming to see our form(s) of life.

A clue to the philosophical relevance of works of art can be found in Wittgenstein’s well-known remark: “The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity. (One is unable to notice something – because it is always before one’s eyes.) The real foundations of his enquiry do not strike a man at all” (PI §129).

Both Thursday lectures will be informed by the question: How does one get one’s own form of life, and its changing nature, into view? Niklas Forsberg will focus on seeing one’s own habitat with new eyes, Nora Hämäläinen on literature’s capacity to describe and negotiate change in our moral habitat.

Friday’s sessions are closed to our invited scholars and local, registered participants. The workshop includes two lovely dinners and promises to be a delightful time of conversation and celebration.

Download the full schedule and application here: PAL Young Scholars 2016 Application

Space is limited. PAL Certificate earners will have priority. Applications due Monday Feb 8 to