Symposium: Philosophy and Literature

Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen and Center for Contemporary European Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen

invite you for the symposium

Philosophy and Literature

Wednesday December 21, 2016

10:30 – 18:00


Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen

Oude Boteringestraat 52, 9712 GL Groningen, The Netherlands


10:30  welcome

11:00   opening

11:10   Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University, USA:

           “A Bird as Rare upon the Earth as a Black Swan”: The Dream of an Unusable Friendship in Derrida’s Politics of Friendship

12:30   lunch

14:00   Thijs Lijster, University of Groningen, The Netherlands:

           The Actuality of the Essay Form. Philosophical writing in Benjamin and Adorno

15:00   Jeroen Vanheste, Open University, The Netherlands:

           A humanism of the ‘homo Dei’. Thomas Mann’s ideas about the European cultural identity

16:00   pause

16:20   Arthur Cools, University of Antwerp, Belgium:

           The World of Literary Fiction

17:20   drinks

There is no registration fee but please register at:

This symposium takes place for the occasion of the
PhD defense of Martijn Boven, December 22.