Shakespeare Symposium

Shakespeare First Folio, 1623, Case YS01
Shakespeare First Folio, 1623, Case YS01
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Friday, March 6, 2009

Shakespeare and the History of Philosophy

Shakespeare had no single major philosophical contemporary, yet he was aware of and drew on classical and Renaissance philosophical sources from Seneca to Montaigne. Subsequently his work has exercised a profound, if subterranean, influence on the modern philosophical tradition. This one day symposium assessed the reciprocal influence of Shakespeare and the history of philosophy. Distinguished scholars from philosophy and literary studies explored the question from a cross-disciplinary perspective.

Session 1

Chair: Suzanne Gossett, Loyola University Chicago  

Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare
Paul Kottman, The New School

On Cavell on Shakespeare: Losing Mamillius, Finding Perdita
Lawrence Rhu, University of South Carolina

Thinking with Skulls: The Cognitive Life of Things in Holbein, Hamlet, Vesalius, and Fuller
Gail Kern Paster, Folger Shakespeare Library

Session 2

Chair: Michael Witmore, University of Wisconsin-Madison (now at the Folger Shakespeare Library)

Invitation to a Totem Meal: Kelsen, Schmitt, Shakespeare
Julia Reinhard Lupton, University of California, Irvine

Always Already: Shakespeare’s Reasons
Ned Lukacher, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Problem of Genius in King Lear: Hegel on the Feeling Soul and the Tragedy of Wonder
Jennifer Bates, Duquesne University

More Things in Heaven and Earth: The Musical Socrates and the Melancholy Genius
Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University Chicago

Closing remarks

Evening dinner and performance

The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Held at Loyola University Chicago, 25 East Pearson, Kasbeer Hall

For the evening performance, based on an audience suggestion (a title for a play yet to be written), The Improvised Shakespeare Company created a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. 

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