Dialectical Thinking in the Humanities, originally the Hegel Reading Group, explores the self-reflective style of thinking in humanistic disciplines. It does so by reading and discussing texts relevant to dialectical thought and by hosting speakers in topics on philosophy, literary theory, and the arts. This year we will read Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit and Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. We meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6-8pm. Email us if you'd like to be added to the announcement list for readings and talks.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming seminars.

Past Events 2019 - 20

Introductory Meeting
Free Time: A Conference on Martin Hägglund's This Life
Frank Ruda, University of Dundee
Eva Ruda, FU/HU Berlin
CANCELLED: Hegel - Working Through: From Nature's Beginning to Art's End
Self and Self-Knowledge Along the Tear of Traditions

Past Events 2018 - 19

Introductory Meeting
Nirvana Tanoukhi, Dartmouth College
Hating and Relating: Trump, (World) Literature, and Kant's Theory of Taste
Finitude and World: A Mini-Conference

Past Events 2017 - 18

Bruce Matthews, Bard College
McDowell and Schelling on Detached Minds and Thinking Beyond the Annihilation of Nature
Alexander Regier, Rice University
Hamann's Exorbitant Enlightenment
Ross Wilson, University of Cambridge
"We Manufacture Fun": Capital and the Production of Affect

Past Events 2016 - 17

Informational Meeting: Introducing the Seminar and Plans for the Year
Julie Walsh, Wellesley College
Physical and Metaphysical Constraints on Freedom: Malebranche on Animal Spirits, Brains, and Minds
Jon Stewart, University of Copenhagen
Hegel’s Interpretation of the Greek Religion as a Religion of Spirit
Jeffrey McDonough, Harvard University
Three-Dimensional Man: Spinoza on Personal Immortality
Jay Bernstein, The New School
Late Style, First Art: On the Fates and Politics of Modernism
Anahid Nersessian, University of California, Los Angeles
Wordsworth's Obscurity
Lawrence Kritzman, Dartmouth College
Barthes’s Death Sentences

Past Events 2015 - 16

Informational Meeting: Introducing the Seminar and Plans for the Year
Miguel de Beistegui, University of Warwick
"The Tangled Knot of Desire": Lacan from a Genealogical Perspective
Paul North, Yale University
Heidegger in the 30s: Schelling
Jeremy Dunham, University of Sheffield
Monkeys and Monads: The Unexpected Marriage between Darwinian Evolutionary Theory and Leibnizian Metaphysics
Soelve Curdts, Universität Düsseldorf
Ends of Judgment: On Kant and Hegel
Sean Kelly, Harvard University
Heidegger, Kant, Conceptualism
The Natural and the Aesthetic: A Mini-Conference

Past Events 2014 - 15

Iain Hamilton Grant, University of the West of England
A corps perdu: Spirit, Leverage, and Speculative Form in Hegel and Schelling
Audrey Wasser, Miami University
Problem and Genesis: Proust, Beckett, Deleuze
Irving Goh, Tufts University
The Reject: From Contemporary French Thought to our "Posthuman" World
Kir Kuiken, University of Albany
Bidding Up on the Question of Sovereignty: Derrida Between Kant and Benjamin
Tilottama Rajan, University of Western Ontario
Figures for System in Hegel: The Line, the Circle, and the Body

Past Events 2013 - 14

Inaugural Reading and Discussion Group Meeting
Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico
Nine Philosophical Dimensions of Psychoanalysis: A Transcendental Materialist Engagement with Freud and Lacan
Ian Balfour, York University
Kant and the Abyss of the Imagination
Nathan Brown, University of California, Davis
Hegel's Cogito: On the Genetic Epistemology of Critical Metaphysics

Past Events 2012 - 13

Informational Meeting
Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley
"After the Eclipse: The Light of Reason in Late Critical Theory"
Kevin Newmark, Boston College
"Irony on Occasion"
Timothy Bahti
"Reading to the Ends of Hegel"
Annie McClanahan, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
"Uncanny Debts"