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Workshop on Thomas Mann’s “Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man”

June 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

The Chicago-Area Consortium for German Philosophy will hold a workshop in honor of the recent re-issue of Thomas Mann’s Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man (Betrachtungen eines Unpolitischen).  The book is coming out in the NYRB Classics series with an introduction by Mark Lilla, professor of humanities at Columbia University.  See here: https://www.nyrb.com/products/reflections-of-a-nonpolitical-man?variant=35511073636520.

The event will be held via Zoom on June 3rd, from 4-6pm.


Greeting by Mark Alznauer (5 minutes)

Opening comments by Mark Lilla (5-10 minutes)

“Thomas Mann: Irony and Engagement” (10-15 minutes)
David Kretz (German and Social Thought, University of Chicago)

“Irony, Seriousness, and Solitude: Conservative and Reflexive Aestheticism in Thomas Mann”
(10-15 minutes)
Eskil Elling (Philosophy, Northwestern University)

“Mann in the Contemporary Political Moment” (10-15 minutes)
Miloš Broćić (Sociology. University of Toronto)

Response by Mark Lilla (Professor of Humanities, Columbia University)

Question Period (remainder)

Please contact Mark Alznauer under m-alznauer [at] northwestern.edu for the zoom details.


June 3, 2021
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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