Workshop on Late Modern Philosophy
The BU Workshop on Late Modern Philosophy is an annual forum for presenting new work on late-eighteenth through early-twentieth-century philosophy.
THEME FOR 2016:
The theme for the 2016 workshop is humor in late modern philosophy. Humor emerged as an aesthetic category with the enthusiastic reception of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy in Germany. It was quickly embraced as philosophically significant by philosophers such as Hegel and by literary theorists and artists of the Romantic movement such as Novalis, Friedrich Schlegel, and E.T.A Hoffman. Later authors such as Henrich Heine employed humor as part of their philosophical approach to literature; philosophers such as Kierkegaard and Nietzsche in turn made humor central to the actual articulation of their philosophies. Speakers at the workshop will discuss these thinkers, among others.
Paul Katsafanas (BU)
Lydia Moland (Colby College)
The Workshop provides speakers with an opportunity to receive constructive feedback on work in progress. Papers are distributed in advance and should be read prior to the workshop. At the workshop, the participants give brief summaries of their papers; this is followed by an hour of discussion per paper. The discussion is open to all audience members.
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 326
2015/16 Workshop Schedule