Miriam Strube (Paderborn): „The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it“

Datum / Uhrzeit:
01.07.19   /  16:30 - 18:00

Dr. Birgit Capelle (Anglistik/Amerikanistik) und Dr. Dennis Sölch (Philosophie)

Hörsaal 3C, Gebäude 23.01


Im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung "Literarische Philosophie - philosophische Literatur" laden wir herzlich ein zu einem Vortrag von 

Miriam Strube (Paderborn): „The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it“ – Living Democracy and Ralph Ellison’s Pragmatism


In The New Territory: Ralph Ellison in the Twentieth-First Century (2016), the editors claim that “Ralph Ellison has never been more relevant to American thought than he is today; indeed, Ellison looks more and more like the cultural prophet of twenty-first-century America.” In my talk, I want to read Ellison along similar lines, placing him in a specific philosophical tradition he has - somewhat surprisingly - so far not been analyzed with, namely the pragmatic tradition of what Cornel West calls deep democracy. In doing so I not only explore Ellison’s pragmatism, but also hope to show Ellison as a political thinker, one with a commitment to and desire for a democracy that is not merely formal but lived as an everyday practice.

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Miriam Strube is Professor of American Studies at Paderborn University. She has studied American Studies, English and philosophy at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and New York University. For her research she has received scholarships for Columbia, Princeton and Harvard University, and Tel Aviv University. She is author of Subjekte des Begehrens: Zur sexuellen Selbstbestimmung der Frau in Literatur, Musik und visueller Kultur and co-editor of Revisiting Pragmatism: William James in the New Millennium as well as Pragmatism’s Promise. In her current scholarship and teaching, including a translation and edition of Cornel West’s work (Suhrkamp 2020), she focuses on social justice and radical democracy.


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