Public Lecture and Book Launch

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Tuesday, 14th of November @ 12.00 in KH

PUBLIC LECTURE

Speaker: Jason Peck

Title: “The Poetics of Debt: A Genealogy”

Description: The relationship between economics and literature has been characterized as one of exchange. Meanings and money are both circulated and exchanged in closed systems. However, just as recent economic developments have enacted a rethinking of the mutual exchange of market systems, should there be a rethinking of how literature and economics relate to one another? Or are the two systems incompatible? In my talk I address this question from the perspective of debt as a new form of literary signification. I illustrate a genealogy of economics and literature from the perspective of debt, rather than exchange, using a series of texts from Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Freud, Kafka and Jacob Taubes.

Bio: Dr. Jason Michael Peck is a scholar of German-Jewish philosophy and comparative literature, formerly a professor in the department of Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Rochester, now a Research Fellow at the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing at LCC International University for 2017-2018. He is co-editor of German Aesthetics: Fundamental Concepts from Baumgarten to Adorno, author of articles on (among other topics) Kantian philosophy, Jewish contributions to German Idealism and early Romanticism, and political theology in the works of Paul Celan and Jacob Taubes. His lecture is drawn from a forthcoming book entitled The Poetics of Debt: Political Theologies From TheMerchant of Venice to the Occupy Movement (Brill).

Tuesday, 14th of November @ 16.30 in room 100

BOOK LAUNCH

Presenters: Dr. J.D. Mininger and Dr. Jason Peck

Title of the book: Mininger, J.D., and Peck, Jason Michael, Eds. German Aesthetics: Fundamental Concepts from Baumgarten to Adorno. London/New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2016.

Description: German Aesthetics establishes for English speaking audiences across the humanities the fundamental terms and conceptual narratives of the German tradition of philosophical aesthetics from Alexander Baumgarten to Theodor Adorno (roughly 1750-1970). Based on the foundational assertion that the German aesthetic tradition has played a role of unparalleled importance in providing critical theory more generally and aesthetic theory in particular with its intellectual terms and frames of reference, German Aesthetics presents accessible entry points into important questions and debates in the field(s) of philosophical aesthetics through explanation and analysis of significant concepts and works by figures such as Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Heidegger, Benjamin, and Adorno.

Review: “A vital contribution to the field of philosophical aesthetics and its implications for the study of art, of societies, and of sensual perception; the broad intellectual horizon and elegant reasoning of its entries make it a genuine pleasure to read.” – Modern Language Review.