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J.L. Austin Now – A Symposium

J.L. Austin Now A Symposium Tues Apr. 21 5pm 4:30pm Reception FHI Garage Smith Warehouse Bay 4 Duke University Sandra Laugier (Philosophy, Sorbonne, Paris) Estelle Ferrarese (Political Science, Strasbourg) Sarah Beckwith (English, Duke)
  • April 15, 2015

Hannah Arendt: A Symposium

Part of the PAL Intellectual Women Series Thurs. April 9 5pm-7pm Reception at 4:30pm FHI Garage Smith Warehouse Bay 4 Duke University The Bechdel Task:  Arendt, Von Trotta, and Representing Women’s Lives by Lori Marso (Political Science, Gender Studies, Union College) Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Extrasubjectivity by Ella Myers (Political Science, Gender Studies, University of Utah)
  • March 23, 2015

“E.G.: The Force of Examples in Philosophy and Literature”

Thursday November 14th, 5:30pm Reception at 5pm. Pink Parlor Room East Duke Building Duke University PAL welcomes Eli Friedlander, Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, and Keren Gorodeisky, Philosophy, Auburn University, to a Mini- Symposium to explore the use of examples in Philosophy and Literature. There will be two presentations, with refreshments, and time for questions. Eli Friedlander presents…
  • Auburn University, Duke University, Kant, Kant's Third Critique, Philosophy & Literature, Tel Aviv University, Walter Benjamin
  • August 29, 2013

“Questions of Judgment: A Symposium”

October 4th-5th, 9am-6pm Pink Parlor, East Duke Building, Duke University PAL is co-sponsoring this first of a series of symposia hosted by Duke and Northwestern. The event is packed with thoughtful visiting speakers from many universities. For the full schedule and further details, visit the “Questions of Judgment” site.
  • September 2, 2013

Shakespeare and Philosophy: A Symposium

March 21st, 2013 – Shakespeare and Philosophy: A Symposium Sarah Beckwith (English, Duke University) “Shakespeare’s Private Linguist: Coriolanus, Wittgenstein, Cavell, Tragedy” Tragedy is often the underbelly of philosophy’s rational subject. It touches upon the wayward, error-ridden, chronically blind ways we go about our business. In Shakespearean tragedy we are drawn to think about the extraordinary…
  • March 21, 2013

Philosophy and Music Today

February 1st, 2013 – Philosophy and Music Today After postwar musical experimentations such as John Cage’s 4’33” and Pierre Boulez’s Marteau sans maître and more recent compositions explicitly drawing on philosophy such as Pascal Dusapin’s O Mensch (2011) what can philosophy say about music today? How can it define the musical experience? And what is…
  • February 1, 2013

Literature, Aesthetics, Politics: The Function of the Literary Magazine in the Current Moment

January 20th, 2012 Literature, Aesthetics, Politics: The Function of the Literary Magazine in the Current Moment Co-organized by the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Center for Philosophy, Art, and Literature. Please join the FHI and PAL for a day-long event addressing the function of the literary magazine/literary journal at the current moment. Members of the…
  • January 20, 2012

Simone de Beauvoir Today: A Symposium to Mark the 25th Anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s death

September 23rd, 2011 Co-sponsored by PAL and the Women’s Studies Program, Duke University Visiting Speakers: Emily Apter (French, New York University) Stella Sandford (Philosophy, Kingston University, UK) Ursula Tidd (French, University of Manchester, UK) Linda Zerilli (Political Science and the Center for Gender Studies, University of Chicago) Duke Graduate Students: Amey Victoria Adkins (Divinity, Women’s…
  • September 23, 2011


On November 16, 2010 PAL co-sponsored a symposium, MORAL UNDERSTANDING AND ANIMAL SENTIENCE IN LITERATURE AND FILM, Expression/Performance/Behavior, the 2010-11 Franklin Humanities Institute Annual Seminar with the Center for Philosophy, Arts, & Literature (PAL). Lecturers included Professor Sharon Cameron (Johns Hopkins) and Professor Raimond Gaita (King’s College, London).
  • November 16, 2010


On September 10, 2010 PAL hosted the symposium, BEYOND CRITIQUE: READING AFTER THE HERMENEUTICS OF SUSPICION, which included Rita Felski (English, University of Virginia Charlottesville), Sharon Marcus (English, Columbia), Stephen Best (English, Berkeley), Katherine Hayles (Literature and English, Duke). Respondent: Toril Moi (Literature, Duke).
  • September 10, 2010


On March 4th & 5th, 2010 PAL was privileged to be able to host REALISM, MODERNISM, PHILOSOPHY: A SYMPOSIUM ON THE VISUAL ARTS with Fredric Jameson (Duke), Michael Fried (Johns Hopkins University) and Robert Pippin (University of Chicago), where these superb scholars both presented their work and engaged in conversation about art, art history and…
  • March 4, 2010