Philosophical Angles on Proust (Mini-Conference)

Many books, including his biographies, have discussed Proust and his great novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time, or Remembrance of Things Past) from a recognisably philosophical angle, but seldom has it been considered from the point of view of analytical philosophy (with due apology for using that crude but convenient term). This is regrettable, since it's hard to read Proust without wondering if there is not a distinctive view being enunciated here about art, value, time, social relationships and the self--all things which are parts of the home ground of analytic philosophy. This get-together it is hoped will do something to fill in this lack.

Lead speakers:

  • Joshua Landy (Stanford University; Andrew B. Hammond Professor in French Language, Literature and Civilization). The one clear counterexample to the above claim; he is the author of Philosophy as Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust (OUP 2004).
  • Catherine Wilson [cancelled] (Graduate Center of CUNY; York University). In addition to her distinguished output in the history and philosophy of science, she has written extensively on morality, aesthetics, and the philosophy of literature.
  • Additional speakers:
    • Tom Stern (University College London);
    • Calum Weir (Glasgow University), and
    • Gary Kemp (Glasgow University).

Venue and Schedule

May 16, 2019, the Reid Room, 67 Oakfield Ave

1:00 – 2:00 Tom Stern: ‘Proust and Habit’
2:00 – 2:50 Calum Weir: 'Proust, Merleau-Ponty and Embodiment’
3:00 – 3:50 Gary Kemp: ‘The Duck, The Rabbit and the Madeleine’
4:00 – 5:30 Joshua Landy: ‘Why Proust’s Novel Isn’t Just a Big Mess, and Why It Matters’

First published: 9 January 2019