[SydPhil] REMINDER: [Philosophy at UWS seminar] Encountering the Author: Wednesday July 22, 2015

Philosophy@UWS Philosophy at uws.edu.au
Tue Jul 21 11:36:45 AEST 2015

Philosophy at UWS is organising an "Encountering the Author" seminar on Ilit Ferber's book:
Philosophy and Melancholy, Benjamin's Early Reflections on Theater and Language

Date: Wednesday July 22, 2015
Time: 3.00 to 5.00 pm
Location: Bankstown Campus, Building 3, room 3.G.55
[How to get to Bankstown Campus]<http://www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/bankstown>

[cid:image003.jpg at 01D0B97B.7653BE20]This book traces the concept of melancholy in Walter Benjamin's early writings. Rather than focusing on the overtly melancholic subject matter of Benjamin's work or the unhappy circumstances of his own fate, Ferber considers the concept's implications for his philosophy. Informed by Heidegger's discussion of moods and their importance for philosophical thought, she contends that a melancholic mood is the organizing principle or structure of Benjamin's early metaphysics and ontology. Her novel analysis of Benjamin's arguments about theater and language features a discussion of the Trauerspiel book that is amongst the first in English to scrutinize the baroque plays themselves. Philosophy and Melancholy also contributes to the history of philosophy by establishing a strong relationship between Benjamin and other philosophers, including Leibniz, Kant, Husserl, and Heidegger.

Ilit Ferber is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University. Ilit's publications include Philosophy and Melancholy: Benjamin's Early Reflections on Theater and Language (Stanford University Press, 2013) and articles on Benjamin, Leibniz, Herder, Freud, Heidegger and Scholem. She has also co-edited Philosophy's Moods (Springer, 2011) and Lament in Jewish Thought (De Gruyter, 2014). Ferber is currently working on a book that explores the relationships between pain and language in the writings of Herder, Rousseau, Benjamin and Wittgenstein.

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Best Regards,

Mariana Fragueiro
Administration Coordinator, Philosophy Research Initiative
University of Western Sydney
Bankstown Campus Building 5
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW  2751
+61 2 9772 6190

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