Shakespeare & Philosophy Conference (Sept. 12th and 13th, 2014) – University of Hertfordshire

Titled Shakespeare: The Philosopher, this conference will be devoted to exploring Shakespeare’s contribution to philosophy. The event will take place at the University of Hertfordshire inShakespeare_Portrait_Comparisons_2 England.

‘Shakespeare’s work is rich in philosophical themes, addressing questions in areas including metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of mind, and social and political philosophy. Meanwhile, issues concerning how Shakespeare’s works manage to represent what they do are ripe for consideration in aesthetics, with the plays raising questions about the nature of representation, fiction, interpretation, literature and history, tragedy and comedy. Shakespeare: The Philosopher aims to explore the importance of philosophy in understanding Shakespeare, and the importance of Shakespeare to issues in philosophy.’

Program

Friday 12th September

10:00-11:00 Greg Currie (York) Title: tbc

11:00-12:00 Katie Brennan (Temple University) ‘Tragic Knowledge: Reading Nietzsche through Shakespeare’

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Miranda Anderson (Edinburgh) ‘Extending the Self in Shakespeare’

14:00-15:00 Sophie Battell (Cardiff) ‘Shakespeare, Derrida, and Cosmopolitanism’

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30-16:30 Derek Matravers (Open University) ‘The History Plays: Fact or Fiction?’

16:30-17:30 Christopher Norris (Cardiff) ‘Ripeness Is All: Wittgenstein and Shakespeare’

Saturday 13th September

09:00-10:00 Tzachi Zamir (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) ‘Literary Achievement and Moral Growth’

10:00-11:00 Owen Anderson (Princeton & Arizona State University) ‘Shakespeare and the Problem of Moral Evil’

11:00-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Craig Bourne (Hertfordshire) & Emily Caddick Bourne (Cambridge & Birkbeck, London) ‘Macbeth’s Prospects’

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Adele-France Jourdan (K.U. Leuven) ‘Grotesque Laughter: Coping with Violence in Titus Andronicus’

14:30-15:30 Max de Gaynesford (Reading) ‘Attuning Philosophy and Poetry: Speech Acts and The Sonnets’

The conference is open to all. Registration is free.

To register: shakespeareandphilosophy@gmail.com

For more information: http://www.bournecaddickbourne.com/#!shakespeare-and-philosophy/cjg9

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