Philosophy, Literature, America Programme

Friday, May 30th

10.00 - 10.30 Mahon, Marchetti and McHugh (UCD) - Welcome and Introduction

10.30 – 11.30 Russell Goodman (New Mexico)- Emerson on Race, Slavery, and the Nature of His Polemical Writings

11.30 – 12.30 Paul Grimstad (Yale) – Emerson's Style (Qualia and Criteria)

12.30 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.00 Richard H. King (Nottingham) - Political Philosophy and (American) Literature: On Hannah Arendt

3.00 – 4.00 Rosa Maria Calcaterra (Rome) - Rorty's Aesthetic Challenge

4.00 – 5.00 Book Launch - Áine Mahon, The Ironist and the Romantic: Reading Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell (London: Bloomsbury, 2014). 

                St. Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, 9 St. Stephen's Green 

                Supported by the Fulbright Commission of Ireland and UCD School of Philosophy.

6.00 Dinner 

Saturday, May 31st

10.00 – 11.00 Martin Woessner (The City College of New York, CUNY)- “A posture of sufficient humility”: Martha Nussbaum on Love and Literature

11.00 – 12.30 Panel (1) on David Foster Wallace

Áine Mahon (UCD) – “The Difficulty of Reality” in Cora Diamond and David Foster Wallace

Adam Kelly (York)- In Quest of American Sincerity: Emerson, Cavell, Wallace

Clare Hayes-Brady (UCD) - "Personally I'm neutral on the menstruation point": Wallace and the Feminine

12.30 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.00 Panel (2) on Stanley Cavell

Erik Hmiel (Wisconsin) - Brillo Boxes and Souls: Arthur Danto, Stanley Cavell, and the Aesthetics of Ordinary Synonymy

Fergal  McHugh (UCD) - On Cavell and Don DeLillo 

3.00 – 4.00 Alice Crary (The New School for Social Research, New York) – Ethics and the Concept of the Human


Participation is free but space is limited. To confirm your attendance, or with any other enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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The American Voice in Philosophy project is supported by:

  • The IRCHSS (“New Ideas” Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • UCD School of Philosophy
  • The International Journal of Philosophical Studies
  • UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies.
  • Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
  • UCD Seed Funding

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