Philosophy and Literature Reading Group

Byron, Manfred


Nietzsche, Ecce Homo

This will be the first of a series of monthly reading groups that aim to take selections from paired literary and philosophical texts as a starting point for free-ranging interdisciplinary dialogue. No prior expertise in either discipline required. Copies of the reading provided on request: please email Anna Barton,, or Bob Stern,

Held in conjunction with The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, Sheffield

Rethinking Modern Philosophy: Origins, Connections, and Traditions

This workshop aims to bring together philosophers from a wide variety of backgrounds who are working on modern philosophy in order to:
  • explore the historical links and divergences between these philosophical schools;
  • investigate how these traditions developed in reaction to their early modern predecessors;
  • examine the work of under-researched figures and debates within these traditions;
  • ask how historical research on the history of modern philosophy might inspire us to think differently about contemporary problems.


    Sunday 14 June

    09:30 – 10:00 – Registration and Coffee
    10:00 – 11:00 – Robert Stern and Neil Williams ‘James and Hegel: Looking for a Home’
    11:05 – 12:05 – Dean Moyar ‘Fichte and Hegel on Counter-normative Conduct’
    12:05 – 14:00 – Lunch
    14:00 – 15:00 – Daniel Whistler ‘Schelling, Cousin and the Eclectic System’
    15:05 – 16:05 – Adi Efal ‘Ravaisson’s “Spiritualism” and French “Classicism”’
    16:05 – 16:30 – Coffee
    16: 30 – 17: 30 – Massimo Ferrari ‘From Harvard to Paris: William James and Émile Boutroux’

    Monday 15 June

    09:30 – 10:00 – Registration and Coffee
    10:00 – 11:00 – Christopher MacLeod Naturalism, Judgement, and Discussion in the work of J.S. Mill
    11:05 – 12:05 – Alexander Klein ‘T. H. Green, Early Modern Empiricism, and the New Science of Mind’
    12:05 – 14:00 – Lunch
    14:00 – 15:00 – Trevor Pearce ‘Pragmatism, Positivism, Evolutionism: Currents in
    Late-Nineteenth-Century American Philosophy’
    15:05 – 16:05 – Kenneth Winkler ‘Emerson’s Idealism’
    16:05 – 16:30 – Coffee
    16: 30 – 17: 30 – Catherine Legg ‘Realism and Universals in Charles Peirce and the British Idealists: A Comparative Study’

This workshop has been made possible through the generous funding provided by the University of Sheffield, the Leverhulme Trust, and the British Society for the History of Philosophy.

The Idea of Pragmatism: Conference in honour of the work of Chris Hookway

Date: Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th May 2015

Venue: The Council Room, Firth Court, University of Sheffield


Monday 18 May
11.00-12.30 Shannon Dea (University of Waterloo) – “Hookway and the Rule of Reason”
1.30-3.00 Albert Atkin (Macquarie University) – “Intellectual Hope as Convenient Friction”
3.30-5.00 Hilary Putnam (Harvard University) – “Hookway and Quine” [speaking via Skype]

Tuesday 19 May
11.00-12.30 Philip Kitcher (Columbia University) – “Pragmatism and Progress”
1.30-3.00 Andrew Howat (California State University, Fullerton) – “Hookway’s Peirce on Assertion, Convergence and Truth”
3.30-5.00 Cheryl Misak (University of Toronto) – “”Is Ramsey Really an Emotivist and is There Really Nothing to Discuss?””

Sponsored by The Leverhulme Trust

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