I will give a talk at Litteraturhuset in Oslo (in Norwegian) on Tuesday 15 May. The talk will begin by focusing on §1 in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations. I will go on to discuss J. L. Austin’s footnote about shooting donkeys (in “A Plea for Excuses”), and then consider Cavell’s views on philosophy as self-revelation, and on the relationship between philosophy and literature. The idea is to convey some of the attractions of the vision of language of the “new Wittgenstein” or “ordinary language philosophy” for anyone interested in literature, or in the humanities more broadly.
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Michael McCreary wins Duke’s Bascom Headen Palmer Prize for the best senior thesis on a literary subject
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.
14 April 2011
On April 14, Toril Moi will participate in a colloquium at the Oakley Center at Williams College, Williamstown. The discussion will focus on her (still unpublished) paper “Something that might resemble a kind of love”: Fantasy and Realism in Henrik Ibsen’s Little Eyolf.” For more information, contact The Oakley Center.
9 January 2011
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.
4 November 2010
On November 4th at 2:00 p.m. Toril Moi will lead a seminar on the new translation of The Second Sex at NYU. The seminar will take place in the Maison Française (16, Washington Mews, NY, NY 1003 Tel. (212) 998-8750).
On November 5 at 4:00 p.m. Toril Moi will give a lecture entitled “Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of the Other: Reading Beauvoir with Cavell”. It will take place in the “Great Room” on the ground floor in 19, University Place (across the street from the Maison Française).
27 October 2010
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Toril Moi will give two lectures, co-sponsored by the Unit for Criticism and the Scandinavian Program of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures:
Thursday October 28, at 8 p.m.”What Does It Mean to Claim that Sex, Gender and the Body are Socially Constructed?” (Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor).
Friday October 29, at 1 p.m. “Hedda’s Silences: Skepticism and Modernity in Hedda Gabler“, Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building. A reception will follow.
14 October 2010
Toril Moi will participate in the conference “Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies” at Harvard, organized by Bernie Rhie (Williams) and Richard Eldridge (Swarthmore). The conference is co-sponsored by PAL. She will present a paper entitled “Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of the Other: Reading Beauvoir with Cavell.” The conference begins with a celebration of the publication of Cavell’s autobiography Little Did I Know in Boylston Hall, at 6:30 p.m. on October 14, and continues with presentation and discussion of papers on October 15 and 16. For more information, click here.