I am thrilled to announce that Michael McCreary, a philosophy major at Duke, has won Duke’s Bascom Headen Palmer Prize for the best senior thesis on a literary subject for 2012. Michael’s thesis, which I had the great pleasure and honor to direct, is entitled “‘They are Shut’: Confessing the Truth of Skepticism and Acknowledging the Possibility for Tragedy. A Reading of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations with Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground.‘” This is an exceptionally well written and thoughtful investigation of what Dostoevsky’s text can tell us about the attractions of skepticism, and of why the philosophy of Cavell, Wittgenstein, and Austin can help us to see this. I am proud to be associated with such excellent work. I believe this is the first time in recent memory that a Philosophy major wins this award at Duke.
My new paper “The Adventure of Reading: Literature and Philosophy, Cavell and Beauvoir” has now been published in Literature and Theology, 2011. <doi: 10.1093/litthe/frr014> . For a free access link to a pdf of the paper, please click here.
On January 9, 2011 Toril Moi will give a paper called “Reading Philosophically: Attention, Adventure, Conviction”. The talk is part of a panel called “Beyond Critique: Reading after the Hermeneutics of Suspicion”. It will take place from 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. in the Platinum Salon C, at the J. W. Marriott hotel. The other panelists are Rita Felski (“Art Works as Nonhuman Actors”) and Sharon Marcus (“What About Ideology?”). The panel will be chaired by Bernard Rhie.