Current Schedule

We are pleased to announce the Literature & Philosophy Workshop’s Winter 2020 schedule. All discussions take place at 5:00 p.m. in Foster 305; a light reception follows in every case. Please direct your questions to Paul Cato ( and Antoine Pageau-St. Hilaire (

Literature & Philosophy Workshop

The University of Chicago

Winter 2020 Schedule*


January 16. Kerry Balden, M.A. Student, Graham School, University of Chicago

“Fernando Pessoa on the Duties and Motivations of the Public Intellectual”


January 30. Ryan Bingham, Ph.D. Student, Divinity School, University of Chicago

“Extreme Passivity: Dying with Blanchot and Derrida’s Animot”


February 13. Mat Messerschmidt, Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago

“Nietzsche’s Physiological History”


February 27. Sophie-Jan Arrien, Professor of Philosophy, Université Laval (Québec, QC)

“From Phenomenological to Poïetical Destruction. Heidegger’s Philosophical Hubris and the Transformation of Hermeneutics

Foster 505. NB: No pre-circulated paper. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a light reception.


March 12. Amy Levine, Ph.D. Student, Philosophy and Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago

“Messianism and Defiance in Kafka’s The Castle


*With the exception of our February 27 meeting, all sessions will be held in Foster 305 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. A light reception always follows the discussion.


For any questions, please email Paul Cato ( or Antoine Pageau-St-Hilaire (