“Grammatical Stirrings: A visit by Richard Fleming” at Duke University

On March 20 and 21 Duke University’s Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature (PAL) will host a lecture and workshop with Richard Fleming (Philosophy, Bucknell University). The March 20 lecture is titled “Listening to Cage: ExperimentationChanceSilenceAnarchism,” and the March 21 workshop is titled “Reading Cavell’s The Claim of Reason–Threads of the Inner and Outer.” Schedules and flyers are below.



Listening to Cage

A Lecture by Richard Fleming

Thursday, March 20
FHI Garage
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, 1st Floor
Duke University
Reception to follow in the Audiovisualities Lab




Reading Cavell’s The Claim of Reason–Threads of the Inner and Outer

A workshop with Richard Fleming. Excerpted reading available on the website.

(RSVP to heather.wallace@duke.edu)


Friday, March 21, 10am-5pm

Morning Session: 10am-12:30pm

Lunch Provided 

Afternoon Session: 2pm-5pm

Dinner party to follow. 

FHI Garage 
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, 1st Floor 
Duke University

Hannah Arendt/Reiner Schurmann Memorial Symposium: Feminist Investigations: A Manifesto

Hi Folks,

Exciting symposium coming up! Sponsored by The New School for Social Research’s Philosophy Department, the conference will take place at The New School on April 3rd & 4th.

A quick brief about the event can be found here:


Otherwise, the full schedule and location details can be found on the conference website:




Checking In, Checking Out (Just for Now)


Dear All,

You’ve no doubt noticed that things have been slow around the blog.  Early last month I had the absolute pleasure of participating in Duke’s PAL Young Scholar’s Workshop.  The following week our UofC Literature & Philosophy Workshop was fortunate enough to host Kelly Dean Jolley for a discussion of what he’s termed “Disposable Thinking.”  Then there was the  “Benjamin as Philosopher” conference Dalmar advertised (below), as well as the “Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik as Philosopher” conference organized by Arnold Davidson and Josef Stern . . .  As ever, an embarrassment of riches.

Add to the mix that I’m in the thick of exam preparations and you will (I hope) forgive me my relative absence.  These final weeks of the run-up I’ll be stealing away from the city and tucking into my books that much more fully.  Happily, the editorial staff will be stepping in with news from the world of OLP & Literary Studies.  Please don’t hesitate to contact them with relevant events, articles, reviews, CFPs, and the like.

I look forward to reconnecting in April.  Yours,


Attn: Those in, near, or able to travel to Chicago this weekend (Feb. 14-16): Conference on Walter Benjamin!

Titled “Walter Benjamin as Philosopher,” the conference will be devoted to the topic of Eli Friedlander’s book “Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait.” It’s being jointly organized by the University of Chicago’s Department of Germanic Studies and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture, the Department of Philosophy and the Committee on Social Thought.

Check out the program and other details here:

 Benjamin poster 5

2014 Lionel Trilling Lecture by Toril Moi: “‘Understanding from Inside,’ or Critique and Admiration: Reading after Wittgenstein and Cavell,” March 3, Columbia University


Mark your calendars now: Toril Moi will deliver the 2014 Lionel Trilling Lecture Monday, March 3, 2014 at 6:15pm in The Heyman Center Second Floor Common Room at Columbia University [Click the image above for more information.]

Her paper is titled “‘Understanding from Inside,’ or Critique and Admiration: Reading after Wittgenstein and Cavell.” Heather Love and Bernie Rhie will respond.

The abstract reads: “Ordinary language philosophy, which I define as the philosophical tradition after Ludwig Wittgenstein and J. L. Austin as established and extended by Stanley Cavell, proposes a powerful method for undoing illusions and exposing incoherent thinking. Yet this is not ‘critique’ in the usual sense of the term in literary studies, for the same method also allows us to develop intellectually powerful accounts of our admiration for a text, a film, or a work of art.

I shall show that ordinary language philosophy develops a method of reading which undoes the traditional opposition between ‘suspicious’ (or ‘symptomatic’) and ‘sympathetic’ reading. For this method does not begin in suspicion, but in an attempt to see the question from the other person’s point of view, in an effort to grasp as accurately as possible precisely why the other critic, or the writer, says what she says. The most telling critique will always emerge from the best understanding of how it is that the other can say what she says.

At the same time, this method of reading also puts us in a position to explain, powerfully and with intellectual rigor, why a literary text, a film, or a work of art does what it does, and why a work deserves our admiration. In this way, ordinary language philosophy puts us in a position to explain why we care about literature and other arts, and why their insights matter.”

–Toril Moi, James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies and Professor of English, Philosophy, and Theater Studies at Duke University

April 10-12 “Bridging Traditions: Idealism and Pragmatism,” Frankfurt am Main

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 9.33.43 PMThis spring  the Goethe University Frankfurt will host a conference sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and Leverhulme Trust titled “Bridging Traditions: Idealism and Pragmatism”. In brief, the conference aims “to question the customary opposition between pragmatism and idealism.” (More on that theme here.)

The program boasts presentations by:

Gabriele Gava (Frankfurt), Robert Stern (Sheffield), James O’Shea (University College Dublin), Sebastian Gardner (University College London), Gabriele Gava (Goethe-Universität), James Conant (University of Chicago), Alfredo Ferrarin (Università di Pisa), Christopher Hookway (University of Sheffield), Marcus Willaschek (Goethe-Universität), Sami Pihlström (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies), Robert Stern (University of Sheffield), Wolfgang Kuhlmann (RWTH University Aachen), Marcel Niquet (Goethe-Universität & Federal University of Ceará), Daniel Herbert (University of Sheffield), Scott F. Aikin (Vanderbilt University), David MacArthur (University of Sydney), Catherine Legg (University of Waikato), and Sebastian Rödl (Universität Leipzig)

Associated paper titles and a tentative  schedule can be found here.