Romanticism Conference Combines Philosophy and Literature

Posted: June 4, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Invoking the principles of German Romanticism in the 1790s, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is inviting scholars from both literature and philosophy together for a two-day conference, June 11-12, in the Johnson Center at George Mason.

“Philosophy and Literature after Kant: Re-evaluating Early German Romanticism” is the brainchild of Ted Kinnaman, assistant professor of philosophy. After attending a similar-themed National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Kinnaman wanted to bring the ideas of his fellow colleagues to Mason for a continuation of the discussion of Early German Romanticism.

“In the early 1790s, literary theory and philosophy were in communication with each other. Art and literature were seen as a way of studying reality, and this was a fairly new concept of the time,” says Kinnaman, who is an expert on philosopher Immanuel Kant, an important voice of the period. “That is what is unique about this conference—that we are bringing together philosophers and literary theorists.”

The conference will include keynote speakers Jane Kneller of Colorado State University and Karl Ameriks of Notre Dame University. Scholars from as far away as Sri Lanka will make presentations on various panels throughout the two-day event.

For more information, visit the conference web site.

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