Untying Things Together: Philosophy, Literature, and a Life in Theory
Monday, June 6, 2022 at 3PM.
Robertson Gymnasium 1000A
This seminar with Professor Santner will focus on themes from his most recent book, Untying Things Together: Philosophy, Literature, and a Life in Theory (University of Chicago Press, 2022), which takes up “the sexuality of theory–or, more exactly, the modes of enjoyment to be found in the kinds of critical thinking that, since the 1960s, have laid claim to that ancient word, ‘theory.” Santner unfolds his argument by tracking his own relationship with this tradition and the ways his intellectual and spiritual development have been informed by it.
If you would like access to the suggested reading for the seminar, please send an email request to tsnediker[at]ucsb.edu.
Eric Santner is the Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Chicago. He works at the intersection of literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, political theory, and religious thought. He is author of numerous major works, including On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig (University of Chicago Press, 2001); On Creaturely Life: Rilke, Benjamin, Sebald (University of Chicago Press, 2006); The Royal Remains: The People’s Two Bodies and the Endgames of Sovereignty (University of Chicago Press, 2011); The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy [The Tanner Lectures in Human Values] (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Sovereignty, Inc.: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment (with William Mazzarella, Aaron Schuster) (University of Chicago Press, 2020).
Free and open to the public.