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Symposium: “Great Circles: Mathematics, Philosophy, and Poetry”

June 9, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

“Great Circles: Mathematics, Philosophy, and Poetry” will gather an interdisciplinary group of international scholars to discuss the relationship between mathematics, philosophy, and poetry.

This relationship will be traced back to the classical work of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, G.W. Leibniz, Baruch Spinoza, Karl Marx, and Charles Peirce and brought into dialogue with the contemporary scholarship of Emily Grosholz.

The title of the symposium is inspired by a book from Emily Rolfe Grosholz, a distinguished philosophy, poet, and literary critic who will be an honoree and participant in the symposium since her work will be featured in several of the discussions.

Hosted by the Philosophy Department and co-sponsored by the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, the symposium will include keynote lectures by Paula Deitz, the editor of the Hudson Review; Franklin Perkins from the University of Hawaii; as well as two discussion panels by scholars from universities in the United States and Canada. The aim will be to create a fertile ground for the exchange of ideas among scholars from all three areas and also between senior and junior academics and students from Brooklyn College and CUNY.

A full program can be found here.