Trinity Term, 2013

Thursdays, 3-5

Wharton Room, All Souls College*

(*except 7th week - Ryle Room, Radcliffe Humanities)

  1. We’ll be discussing an eclectic selection of philosophically interesting texts from outside the analytic philosophy canon: from postcolonial theory, film, literature, sociology, musicology, cultural criticism, psychoanalysis, and Continental philosophy. Open to open-minded philosophers.

    All readings are (or will be) available on Weblearn

    Week 1: D. Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe (selections)


    Week 2: Huizinga, “Nature and significance of play as a cultural phenomenon”, from Homo Ludens


    Week 3: A. Bowie, Philosophical Variations: Music as ‘Philosophical Language’ (selections)


    Week 4: W. Stevens, ‘The Poems of our Climate”; M. Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (selection). “The Imperfect is our Paradise: Wallace Stevens, Kitsch, Philosophy”” (lecture notes)


    Week 5: M. Klein, "Notes on Some Schizoid Mechanisms"; L. Braddock, "Projective Identification Explained"


    Week 6: G. Deleuze, Difference and Repetition (selection); J. Cage, “Solo for Sliding Trombone


    Week 7: S. Sontag, “Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and its Metaphors”; R. Barthes, Mythologies (selection); R. Geuss, The Idea of a Critical Theory (selection)


    Week 8: C. Denis, Beau Travail (film); Nancy, J-L, “A-Religion”