Comparative Literature Colloquium: "Humanist Reason" Thursday, February 28, 2019, 4 – 5:30pm
Comparative Literature Colloquium: "Humanist Reason"
Campus Location:Sproul Hall
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Event Type:Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:Eric Hayot, Pennsylvania State University
Sponsored by:Department of Comparative Literature and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Eric Hayot is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies at Penn State. He is the author of Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel Quel and The Hypothetical Mandarin.

Dr. Eric Hayot notes that there exists a historically particular form of reasoning associated with the humanistic disciplines that 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. In his talk, Dr. Hayot poses 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.

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