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Call for papers for an OLP Paper at the NeMLA in May

NeMLA’s 53rd CONVENTION Baltimore, MD March 10-13, 2022 Abstract deadline: September 30th, 2021 Panel: Ordinary Language Philosophy and the Ethics of Care Abstract This panel seeks papers that use Ordinary Language Philosophy (OLP) to analyze themes of ethics and care in both literature and philosophy. The attention this philosophy pays to language in its everyday use grounds it in community because the meaning of words is in their use. Individual speakers thus become relevant to the construction of meaning, which arises in use as a shared human practice. For J. L. Austin, this picture of meaning involves a sharpened awareness of words and therefore of reality. Cora Diamond calls this attention to reality, detail, and particularity in language Wittgenstein’s “realistic spirit.” Moreover, as Toril Moi explains, our words express and reveal us: the quality of our attention reveals something about our morality. The ethical dimension…

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Stanley Cavell: Constellations of the Ordinary

Please note this fantastic colloquium on Stanley Cavell and the Ordinary, organized from Lima, Peru. Longtime PAL followers will recognize half the speakers, for they have all visited us at Duke. I believe that most of the talks will be distributed in advance. But to follow the talks and get the full schedule, you need…

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PAL Certificate talk – Kathleen Maxymuk

Thursday, February 11, 202110:00 a.m. Please join us at 10 am on February 11 for a talk by Kathleen Maxymuk, PhD candidate in Romance Studies! The talk, given as part of the requirements for the Certificate in Philosophy, Arts, and Literature, is titled ‘The Paradoxes of the “Politique des Auteurs”: Reading Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel series…

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Stages of Life – The Second Annual Duke-Stanford Graduate Conference

Co-Sponsored by Duke University’s “PAL” (Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature) and Stanford University’s “Phil+Lit” (The Initiative in Philosophy and Literature) and Hosted by The Franklin Humanities Institute at  Smith Warehouse, Duke University Friday April 5th, Ahmadieh Lecture Hall (Bay 4) of Smith Warehouse 2:00-2:30  Welcome and Mingling 2:30-2:45  Welcome: Toril Moi(James B. Duke Professor of Literature and…

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Spring 2021 Courses

Toril MoiENGLISH 822/ LIT 822Monday(s): 3:30-6:00pmDuke University WITTGENSTEIN AND LITERARY THEORY The course offers an introduction to Wittgenstein’s late philosophy, and asks what its relevance for literary studies might be. We will focus on a detailed reading of important sections of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations. We will try to understand Wittgenstein’s vision of language, of philosophy and…

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Spring 2021 Courses

Sarah BeckwithShakespeare, Tragedy, Ethics: The Responsibility of Response ENGLISH 890S – 02 (5668) Markos Hadjioannou, Deleuze: Cinema and PhilosophyLIT 850S – 01 (6146), VMS 850S – 01 (6183), ENGLISH 860S – 01 (6184), ROMST 850S – 01 (6185), ARTSVIS 850S – 01 (6186), DOCST 850S – 01 (6187)

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Duke Medical Ethics Journal Spring 2021 Issue

PAL would like to promote the Duke Medical Ethics Journal, a student-run publication about ethics in medical practice. The journal’s latest issue, “Health and Identity: Who We Are and the Care We Receive,” is available online now. As co-editors Sibani Ram and Priya Meesa write, the issue focuses on “topics related to identity in healthcare,…

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Welcome to Robert Mitchell

PAL is delighted to welcome Robert Mitchell, Chair of English as a new member of our Steering Committee. A stalwart supporter of PAL for many years, Rob is the perfect choice to follow in Neil McWilliam’s footsteps. We are looking forward to working more closely with him! 

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Farewell to Neil McWilliam

Neil McWilliam has been a member of PAL’s Steering Committee since its inception. We at PAL are so grateful for his sage advice for so many years. Sadly for us, Neil is retiring this summer. We wish him all the best for his Duke-free life

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Empire’s Ruins: Allegory and Metonymy in JM Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians

Pratistha Bhattaral, Ph.D. Candidate, Duke UniversityRespondent: Tsitsi Jaji, Associate Professor, Duke University Please join the Literature Program on April 19 for its latest Graduate Scholar Colloquium. Doctoral candidate Pratistha Bhattarai will be presenting her work in progress “Empire’s Ruins: Allegory and Metonymy in J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians.” Tsitsi Jaji, Associate Professor in the Duke…

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