2/28/19 Humanist Reason with Eric Hayot

The Comparative Literature Colloquium Presents

"Humanist Reason"

with Eric Hayot, Penn State


The talk makes two claims: first, that there exists a historically particular form of reasoning associated with the humanistic disciplines, and, second, that this form of reasoning has largely been misrecognized or misdescribed by humanists themselves, for reasons that go back to the formation of the modern university and the tripartite division of knowledge-work into the natural sciences, social sciences, and human sciences in late 19th century Germany. My argument is that the humanities stand a better chance of flourishing, institutionally and socially, if they give up their existing metadiscourse and adopt one that more accurately describes their actual scholarly work.

Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures