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Play is so pervasive, so familiar that we often take it for granted. And yet, it raises a whole host of questions: Where does it originate? Why does it take so many different forms? How do those forms relate to one another?

To begin addressing such questions, the Center takes as its text the landmark study by Eugen Fink, Spiel als Weltsymbol (Play as Symbol of the World). Fink builds on the foundational work of Johan Huizinga and Roger Caillois in an effort to establish an epistemology of the ludic and its many modes of expression. The work of the reading group will include visits by three distinguished speakers: Sergio Pellis (Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge); Alexander Galloway (Media, Communication and Culture, New York University); and Alva Noë (Philosophy, UC Berkeley).

All Center events are open to the public.

Spring 2019 Graduate Course

Taught by Joshua Kates (English), "Meaning and the Transcendental from Kant to Meillassoux" examines the ways in which transcendental arguments, first developed by Kant, are of interest to scholars working in the humanities. The course studies intersections of the transcendental and the question of meaning. Readings from Kant, Husserl, Derrida, Wittgenstein, Diamond, and Meillassoux, among others.

The course meets Wednesdays, 5:45 - 8:15, in Lindley Hall 019. More ...


Spring 2019 Theme:

“Philosophy’s Debt to History: Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy

The reading group engages with Martin Heidegger’s Beiträge zur Philosophie (Ereignis), written in 1936-38 but not published until 1989, along with a few of his essays on art, history and event, and technology. They show how thought and action are indebted to something that thinking can neither fully grasp nor simply let go and move beyond: history as rupture. Led by Patrick Dove (Spanish & Portuguese). Details to follow.


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