Upcoming conference: “No Quarrels: Literature & Philosophy Today” (Boston University, April 1-2)

We wanted to let our readers know of a conference on philosophy and literature that will take place at Boston University’s Humanities Foundation April 1-2. Organized by Rob Chodat (English, Boston University) and Oren Izenberg (English, University of Illinois at Chicago), the conference is called “No Quarrels: Literature & Philosophy Today.” It is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, please click here.

Here is the conference program:


4:00 Introduction

  • James Winn (English, BU; Director of the BU Humanities Foundation)

4:15-6:30 Narrative and Philosophy (Chair: Charles Griswold, BU Philosophy)

  • Allen Speight (Philosophy, BU), “Narrative and Agency in Contemporary Philosophy”
  • Elisabeth Camp (Philosophy, U Penn), “Wordsworth’s Prelude, Poetic Autobiography, and the Narrative Construction of the Self”
  • Jami Bartlett (English, UC-Irvine), “Circumstances Under Which”


9:30-11:00 Literature and Pragmatism (Chair: Maurice Lee, BU English)

  • Robert Chodat (English, BU), “Bumps on the Head, Touchstones of Intimacy, and What the Critic Knows”
  • Paul Grimstad (English, Yale), “Wittgenstein’s ‘Beetle in the Box’ and Analytic Pragmatism”

11:30-1:00 Methods and Standards of Criticism (Chair: Michael Prince, BU English)

  • Oren Izenberg (English, UIC), “Craft or Sullen Art: Akratic and Melancholy Disciplines”
  • James Harold (Philosophy, Mt. Holyoke), “Literature, Genre Fiction, and Standards of Criticism”

2:30-4:00 Wittgenstein and Aesthetics (Chair: Amélie Oksenberg Rorty, BU Philosophy)

  • Bernard Rhie (English, Williams), “Wittgenstein on the Face of a Work of Art”
  • Magda Ostas (English, BU), “Wordsworth, Wittgenstein, and the Reconstruction of the Everyday”

4:30-6:00 Poetic Meaning (Chair: Juliet Floyd, BU Philosophy)

  • Jennifer Ashton (English, UIC), “Metaphor, Meaning, Affect, and the Literal Subject of Poetry”
  • John Gibson (Philosophy, Louisville), “The Question of Poetic Meaning”

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