Kristin Gjesdal - December 2016

Kristin Gjesdal

Kristin Gjesdal holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Oslo. She has been a visiting scholar at the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, and Columbia University, a post-doctoral Fulbright Fellow at the University of Chicago, and had a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. In 2014, she was appointed a Professorial Fellow (Professor II) of philosophy at the University of Oslo (2014-2018). She has been awarded the The Eleanor Hofkin Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Alumni Board at the College of Liberal Arts at Temple (2014).

In her work, Kristin Gjesdal covers the areas of phenomenology and hermeneutics, enlightenment, romanticism, idealism, and aesthetics. She also writes on tragedy and philosophy of theater and has published a number of articles on Sophocles, Shakespeare, Ibsen, and modern literature.

Kristin Gjesdal is the author of Gadamer and the Legacy of German Idealism (Cambridge 2009) and Herder’s Hermeneutics: History, Poetry, Enlightenment (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press). She is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the 19th Century (with Michael Forster) and Key Debates in Nineteenth-Century European Philosophy (Routledge, 2016), in addition to the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Hermeneutics (with Michael Forster) and Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler: Philosophical Perspectives (Oxford University Press). Kristin Gjesdal is an area editor of nineteenth-century philosophy for The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

In a Norwegian context, Kristin Gjesdal publishes reviews, articles, and book chapters. She is co-editor of the journal Agora.


Women in 19th Century Philosophy Seminar

Lino Pertile - October 2016

Lino Pertile

Lino Pertile is Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, and former Paul E. Geier Director of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence (2010-2015).

A graduate of the University of Padua (Italy), where he studied Classics and French, he taught Italian Literature in France and Italy (1964-68), and the United Kingdom (1968-1995) before joining Harvard in 1995 as Professor of Italian Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. At Harvard, he served as House Master of Eliot House for ten years (2000-2010) and was named Harvard College Professor in 2005, a special recognition awarded to faculty members who devote time and energy especially to teaching undergraduates. From 2010 to 2015 he was the director of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. He has published essays on the French and Italian Renaissance, in particular on Montaigne and French travellers to Italy. His research has focused on the Latin and Italian Middle Ages (Dante), the Renaissance (Bembo and Trifon Gabriele), and 20th century Italian literature (Pavese and the contemporary novel).

His books on Dante include the critical edition of the 16th century commentary Annotationi nel Dante fatte con M. Triphon Gabriele (Bologna: Commissione per i testi di lingua, 1993), and the volumes La puttana e il gigante: dal Cantico dei Cantici al Paradiso terrestre di Dante (Ravenna: Longo, 1998; Premio Zingarelli), and La punta del disio. Semantica del desiderio nella Commedia (Florence: Cadmo, 2005). He has coedited, and contributed to, various volumes on Italian literature from Dante to the 20th century, including The New Italian Novel (Edinburgh University Press, 1993, paperback 1998), The Cambridge History of Italian Literature (1996; paperback 1999) and Dante in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Among his most recent essays, Songs Beyond Mankind: Poetry and the Lager from Dante to Primo Levi (Binghamton: Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, 2013).


Primo Levi reads Dante. The role of literature in our world.

Dante's She-wolf: Luxury and Greed in the Divine Comedy.

Robert Stern - August 2016

Robert Stern

Robert Stern came to Sheffield in 1989, having been a graduate and Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge. He has been a Professor since 2000, and was Head of Department from 2004 to 2008.

His main interests in the history of philosophy are in nineteenth century post-Kantian German philosophy, especially Hegel. His interests in contemporary philosophy are in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and political philosophy. He is currently working on the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup.

His first book was Hegel, Kant and the Structure of the Object (1990), and he has compiled and written introductions for a four-volume collection of articles offering a critical assessment of Hegel's philosophy. He has also written a commentary on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (2002), and a collection of his papers under the title Hegelian Metaphysics was published in 2009.

On contemporary philosophy, he has has published a book on the metaphysical and epistemological issues raised by transcendental arguments as used from Kant onwards (Transcendental Arguments and Scepticism, 2000). He has also edited a collection on this topic. He has published papers dealing with the work of McDowell, Rawls, Parfit, and MacIntyre, and retains an interest in questions relating to political philosophy, ethics and the philosophy of history.

Bob was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2008-10. His research was on 'Autonomy, Self-Legislation and Moral Realism', and has led to a recent book with Cambridge University Press, entitled Understanding Moral Obligation: Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard. The book considers whether there is a coherent argument from autonomy to some form of antirealism or constructivism in ethics: if we are autonomous agents, does it follow that moral realism should be rejected? Bob aims to establish that this argument from autonomy to anti-realism is mistaken, and shows (particularly by reference to Kant, Hegel and Kierkegaard) that its uncritical adoption has also distorted our understanding of the history of ethics. A collection of papers relating to this theme has recently been published by Oxford University Press, under the title Kantian Ethics: Value, Agency, and Obligation.

Most recently, Bob has been awarded an AHRC Fellowship for 2015-17, for a project on 'The Ethical Demand: Løgstrup's Ethics and Its Implications', to work on the ethics of the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup. The main aim will be to write the first monograph in English on Løgstrup's key work The Ethical Demand (1956), as well as the translation of one of his books from German, on Kierkegaard and Heidegger, in a critical edition.


Workshop on Knud Løgstrup’s The Ethical Demand.

Schiller and Løgstrup on the Good Samaritan.