Visiting Speakers

Jonathan Lear

John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor
University of Chicago

Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.

Richard Rorty

Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Philosophy
Stanford University

Richard Rorty is a philosopher, literary critic, and political theorist. 

Emma Rothschild

Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History, Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics
Harvard University

Emma Rothschild is the Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard University, and specializes in the history of economic thought.

Diarmuid Costello

Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Warwick

Diarmuid Costello specializes in post-Kantian Continental aesthetics, the philosophy of art, and theories of art and photography.

Michael Fried

J.R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and Art History
Johns Hopkins University

Art historian, art critic and literary critic, Michael Fried is J.R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and Art History at Johns Hopkins University. In his work, Fried engages questions of modernism, realism, theatricality, objecthood, self-portraiture, embodiedness, and the everyday.

Jean-Joseph Goux

Professor of French Studies
Rice University

Jean-Joseph Goux is Professor of French Studies at Rice University. A major participant in the Tel Quel group in France, his Symbolic Economies: After Marx and Freud made available for the first time in English generous selections from Goux's Freud, Marx: Economie et symbolique (1973) and Les iconoclastes (1978). His most recent book is Fractures du temps (Editions Des Femmes, 2014).

Stephen Greenblatt

John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities
Harvard University

Stephen Greenblatt is an American literary critic, theorist, and scholar.

Ian Hacking

University Professor Emeritus
University of Toronto

Ian Hacking is one of the world's leading scholars in the fields of philosophy and history of science.