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We will meet every other Wednesday 4:30 – 6:30 in Cobb 403.

Spring 2015

April 1-  Joshua Kates (Professor of English, Indiana University)

April 15- Roger Eichorn (Philosophy, University of Chicago)

April 22** (special event, special date)- JP Narboux (Bordeaux)

April 29- Carly Lane (Social Thought, University of Chicago)

May 13 -Martin Rayburn (English, University of Chicago)

May 27- Daniel Schultz (Divinity, University of Chicago)

Winter 2015

Jan 14: Birte Löschenkohl (Society of Fellows):

The Will to Weakness: On Self-Overcoming and Creation in Nietzsche’s Zarathustra

link to paper: Loschenkohl_The Will to Weakness_CEPW

Jan 28: Andrew Werner (Philosophy) guides a reading from Deleuze

Feb 11: JJ McFadden (Political Theory)

Feb 25: Paula Galhardo Cepil (Philosophy, University of Paris 1) on Merleau-Ponty

Mar 11: Prof. Raoul Moati (Philosophy)

Past Workshops

Fall 2014

October 29: Daniel Ricardo Rodriguez Navas (Philosophy); discussion of Sartre’s Transcendence of the Ego.

November 12: Tuomo Tiisala (Philosophy)–title TBA

November 26th–no workshop

December 3: Birte Löschenkohl (Society of Fellows)–title TBA

Spring 2014

April 30th (Week 5) Jaime Edwards, Philosophy, University of Chicago: “Morality, Metaphysics, Religion, Political Theory, Jurisprudence, Economics, and other Humbug: Marx on Ideology”

May 14th (Week 7) Simon Gurofsky, Philosophy, University of Chicago: “Merleau-Ponty and Transformation”

Fall 2013

October 2 (Week 1) Introductory Meeting and Planning Session

October 16 (Week 3) Reading and discussion of Levinas’ “Enigma & Phenomena.” “Useless Suffering” & “The Sense of History” with Professors Arnold Davidson, Sarah Hammerschlag & Raoul Moati; texts available here on the downloads page.

October 30 (Week 5) Dawn Herrera Helphand (Social Thought),”Normativity, Freedom, Domination: Challenges for Foucaultian Political Thought”

November 13 (Week 7) Matteo Vagelli (Divinity School/ Scuola Alti Studi Fondazione San Carlo, Modena)

November 27 (Week 9): No Meeting (Day before Thanksgiving) December 4 (Week 10):


April 2 Daniel Wyche (University of Chicago, graduate student) “The Practice of Dignity: The Care of the Self, Relations of Power, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott”

April 16 Laurent Perreau (University of Picardie – Amiens) “Husserl and Schütz on Common Sense”

April 23 Maxime Doyon (McGill University) “The Problem of Perceptual Presence in Enactive and Transcendental Phenomenology”

May 7 Ross Jacobs (University of Chicago, graduate student) “From the Aesthetics of Captivity to ‘das Spiel der Freiheit': Friedrich Schiller and Immanuel Kant on the Theatricality of the Neo-Medieval Culture Industry and the Prophetic Burdens of Modern Political Philosophy”

May 14 Christoph Menke (University of Frankfurt) “Hegel’s Theory of Liberation: Law, Freedom, History, Society”

May 21 Davey Tomlinson (University of Chicago, graduate student) “What do Buddhist philosophers think about? Preliminary notes on self-consciousness and the objective forms of experience in Buddhist idealism”


January 9  Sarah Hammerschlag (Williams College, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Chicago): “A Splinter in the Flesh: Levinas and the Resignification of Jewish Suffering, 1928-1946.”

January 23 Tuomo Tiisala (University of Chicago, graduate student): “Keeping It Implicit: A Defense of Foucault’s Conception of Discursive Norms”

February 6  Audrey Wasser (University of Chicago, Harper-Schmidt Fellow) “Toward an Ontology of Literature: Deleuze on Determination and Individuation”

February 20   Andrew Werner (University of Chicago, graduate student) “Non-Normative Ethics: Some Themes from Agamben”

March 5  Nathan Phillips (University of Chicago, graduate student) “‘Between the Scylla and Charybdis’: Edmund Husserl’s 1906/07 Lectures on Logic and Theory of Knowledge”

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