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.
I have just added a pdf file with the Norwegian text of this article, published in Morgenbladet on 10 June 2011. This is a very abbreviated version of the lecture I gave at Litteraturhuset in Oslo on 7 June 2011. You will find the essay here.
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.