BU Workshop on Late Modern Philosophy

October 2, 2014 - October 4, 2014
Department of Philosophy, Boston University

745 Commonwealth Ave
Boston 02215
United States


  • Boston University Center for the Humanities

Main speakers:

R. Lanier Anderson
Stanford University
Nancy Bauer
Tufts University
Jessica Berry
Georgia State University
Rachel Cristy
Princeton University
Boston University
Robert Pippin
University of Chicago
Donald Rutherford


Boston University

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The BU Workshop on Late Modern Philosophy is an annual forum for presenting new work on late-eighteenth through early-twentieth-century philosophy.    

THEME FOR 2014: 
The theme for the 2014 workshop is the nature of philosophy. Papers might address the following themes: does philosophy have distinctive methods? How does it relate to fields such as history, literature, political science, psychology, and logic? Can it be (or must it be) systematic? What sorts of questions can it answer? What sorts of limitations does it encounter?

The Workshop provides speakers with an opportunity to receive constructive feedback on work in progress.  Papers are distributed in advance and should be read prior to the workshop.  At the workshop, the participants give brief summaries of their papers; this is followed by an hour of discussion per paper.  The discussion is open to all audience members.  

Friday, October 3rd    

2:30-3:50 R. Lanier Anderson (Stanford) and Rachel Cristy (Princeton)   "'What is the Meaning of our Cheerfulness?': Philosophy as a Way of Life in Nietzsche and Some Chosen Predecessors"      

4:00-5:20 Nancy Bauer (Tufts)     "Simone de Beauvoir's Subversive Existentialism"    

5:30-6:15 Reception      

Saturday, October 4th    

10:00-11:20  Jessica Berry (Georgia State)   "The Will to a System: Nietzsche and Freud on Philosophy as Psychopathology"    

11:30-12:50   Paul Katsafanas (Boston University)   "Fugitive Pleasure and the Meaningful Life: Nietzsche on Nihilism and Higher Values"    

1:00-2:30 Break for lunch     

2:30-3:50 Robert Pippin (Chicago)   "Heidegger on Nietzsche on Nihilism"    

4:00-5:20 Donald Rutherford (UCSD)   “Nietzsche and the Experience of Philosophy"     5:30-6:15 Reception

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October 2, 2014, 5:00am EST

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