The Ethics of Powerlessness

The Ethics of Powerlessness 700 525 Tom Carlson

Keynote PresentationsTuesday, April 16 Robertson Gymnasium 1000A, 4 pm The Idea of the Theological Virtues    Daniel Watts, University of Essex The doctrine of the theological virtues holds that faith,…

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Regression, Ressentiment and the Crisis of Democracy

Regression, Ressentiment and the Crisis of Democracy 900 201 Tom Carlson

March 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A In this seminar discussion of her paper “Regression, Ressentiment and the Crisis of Democracy,” Rahel Jaeggi responds to the question, “Are…

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Moral Grace: On K.E. Løgstrup’s Theory of Expressions of Life

Moral Grace: On K.E. Løgstrup’s Theory of Expressions of Life 816 1024 Tom Carlson

March 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A K.E. Løgstrup’s (1905-1981) signature theory of “expressions of life” represents the culmination of his ethical thought. According to this theory, some…

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The Cognitive Value of Love in Tolstoy’s Philosophy and Aesthetics

The Cognitive Value of Love in Tolstoy’s Philosophy and Aesthetics 1024 576 Tom Carlson

March 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A The cognitive value of love or the dynamic between love and knowledge for Tolstoy is not only a philosophical conundrum explored…

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The Universal, the Individual, and the Novel: Hegel, Austen, and Ethical Formation

The Universal, the Individual, and the Novel: Hegel, Austen, and Ethical Formation 1024 649 Tom Carlson

February 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A The seminar will focus on Professor Lewis’s recent piece “The Universal, the Individual, and the Novel: Hegel, Austen, and Ethical Formation,”…

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Democratic Affections

Democratic Affections 1024 768 Tom Carlson

The death in 2018 of Stanley Cavell brought to its ends an exceptionally rich life in philosophy, one that continues to inspire readers and colleagues throughout the humanities and the…

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A Cartography of Love

A Cartography of Love 974 660 Tom Carlson

February 8, 2019 at 10 a.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A It is a common grievance among readers of the work of Martin Heidegger that the existential analytic of Daseinhe develops is…

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Climate of Doubt

Climate of Doubt 500 280 Tom Carlson

January 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A The persistence of climate change denial in spite of popular and scientific consensus of the human impact on global warming seems…

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“Religious Affections” and the Birth of Publicity in Modern America

“Religious Affections” and the Birth of Publicity in Modern America 1024 662 Tom Carlson

January 18, 2019 at 10 a.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A The public expression of anger and even hate that we witness in our time—stirred up on social media and at campaign…

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Werner Herzog’s Post-Tragic Aesthetic: a Kierkegaardian Perspective

Werner Herzog’s Post-Tragic Aesthetic: a Kierkegaardian Perspective 1024 943 Tom Carlson

January 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A Many of Werner Herzog’s films portray protagonists who exhibit forms of subjectivity that dangerously overflow the conditions imposed by the substantial…

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