Workshop in Late Modern Philosophy
Boston University

October 14-15, 2011

 About the workshop
This is the inaugural workshop in a new annual series.  The workshops are designed to provide a venue for presenting new work on Late Modern Philosophy (roughly the period from 1750 through 1900).  Central figures in this period include Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, and Nietzsche. 

The 2011 Workshop focused on philosophical psychology and ethics.  Many of the papers explored topics such as the nature of agency, the structure of the emotions, the constitution of the self, and the relationship between psychological questions and ethical claims.

The Workshop provides speakers with an opportunity to receive constructive feedback on work in progress.  Papers are distributed in advance.  At the workshop, the participants give brief summaries of their papers; this is followed by about an hour of discussion per paper.  The discussion is open to all audience members. 

745 Commonwealth Avenue (School of Theology building), Room B19

Paul Katsafanas (BU)


  Friday, October 14th

Bernard Reginster (Brown University)

"The Will to Nothingness: Nietzsche on the Meaning of the Ascetic Ideal”

3:00-4:20 Sally Sedgwick (University of Illinois−Chicago)

"Freedom and Necessity in Hegel’s Philosophy of History and Philosophy of Right

4:30-6:00 Keynote

Alexander Nehamas (Princeton University)

“Nietzsche, Intention, Action”

6:00-7:00 Reception

  Saturday, October 15th

9:00-10:20 Paul Katsafanas (Boston University) 

“Kant and Nietzsche on the Will: Two Models of Reflective Agency”

10:30-11:50 Maudemarie Clark (Colgate University/University of California−Riverside) and David Dudrick (Colgate University)

“Nietzsche’s Philosophical Psychology: Will to Power as a Theory of the Soul"

12:00-1:30 Break for lunch

1:30-2:50 Charles Griswold (Boston University)

“Loving Another as though Yourself: Rousseau on Narcissism and Social Decay”

3:00-4:20 Frederick Neuhouser (Barnard College/Columbia University)

“Hegel on Life, Freedom, and Social Pathology”

4:30-5:50 Michael Rosen (Harvard University)

“The Darstellungsproblem

6:00-7:00 Reception

The Workshop in Late Modern Philosophy is sponsored by the
Boston University Center for the Humanities.