Schedule: BU IPR Conference on Philosophical and Intellectual Biography

The schedule is now available for the conference on Philosophical and Intellectual Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir that we initially let you know about in this post. The conference is hosted by Boston University’s Institute for Philosophy and Religion and is a fortieth anniversary celebration of the Institute. For the full program, see below or click here:

Friday, March 19
Boston University, The Castle
225 Bay State Road


  • 9:30 Continental Breakfast
  • 9:45 Opening Remarks (Allen Speight, Institute Director)
  • 10-11:30 a.m. Panel #1
    Desmond Clarke (University College Cork) 
    “Reading Descartes’ Life and Writings”
    Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 
    “Writing the Lives of the Philosophers: Reflections on Spinoza (and Others)”
    Aaron Garrett (Boston University)
    “Hume’s Own History”
    Chair: David Lyons (Boston University)
  • 11:45- 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:15-3:00 p.m. Panel #2
    Charles Capper (Boston University)
    “Romantic Interest, Contexts, and Narratives: Writing a Biography of Margaret Fuller”
    Anthony La Vopa (North Carolina State University)
    “A Hard Case: Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Biography” 
    Manfred Kuehn (Boston University)
    “Fichte and the (Ir)relevance of Biography”
    Chair: James Schmidt (Boston University)
  • 3:15-5:00 p.m. Panel #3
    Sylvia Nasar (Columbia University)
    “Dead, Alive or Simply Missing: Pitfalls of Pursuing Beautiful Minds” 
    Ray Monk (University of Southampton) 
    Amélie Rorty (Boston University)
    “Sartre’s Still Life Portraits”
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Conference and Institute 40th Anniversary Reception


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