Colloquium: Tradition, Critique, & Imagination

Mon, Sep 9, 2019, 4:30 pm
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Humanities Council

In The Value of the Humanities, Helen Small tells us that “the work of the humanities is frequently descriptive, or appreciative, or imaginative, or provocative, or speculative, more than it is critical.” At the same time, recent debates in various disciplines suggest that this range is potentially threatened by the ubiquity of critique, practiced as a relentless hermeneutics of suspicion. How should tradition, critique, and imagination interact within humanistic inquiry today?

The Humanities Council welcomes the University community to gather for a wide-ranging conversation about these central issues in our research, teaching, and intellectual life more broadly.

This year’s panel features distinguished Princeton scholars whose work represents different approaches and historical periods.