Current Schedule

We are pleased to announce the Literature & Philosophy Workshop’s Fall 2020 schedule. All discussions take place at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Please direct your questions to David Kretz ( and Xinyue Zhang (

Literature & Philosophy Workshop

The University of Chicago

Winter 2021 Schedule


April 8

“The Theaetetus as Philosophical Fiction”

By Prof. James Redfield,

Classics, Social Thought, and the College

Respondent: Prof. Glenn Most,

Greek Philology, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa;

Social Thought, University of Chicago


April 22

“Between Presence and Absence: Language, Lifeworld,

and Spiritual Beings in the Philosophical Vision of Haruki Murakami”

By Adam Katwan,

Ph.D. Student, Philosophy & Social Thought

Respondent: Anthony Stott,

Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature and

Eastern Asian Languages and Civilizations


May 13

“The Activity of Spinoza’s Ethics”

By Andrea Ray,

Ph.D. Candidate, Social Thought

Respondent: Prof. Dan Moerner,



May 20

“The Fairy Tale as Waste Product’: Bachelard, Benjamin, Agamben, and the Anamnesis of Childhood”

By Prof. Armando Maggi,

Romance Languages and Civilizations

Respondent: Prof. Catriona MacLeod,

Germanic Studies, Art History, and the College


May 27

“Tact: Interpretive Indirection in Hermeneutics and Modernism”

By Rivky Mondal,

Ph.D. Candidate, English

Respondent: Prof. Florian Klinger,

Germanic Studies and the College


Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be held via Zoom from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

For any questions, please email Xinyue Zhang ( or David Kretz (