Holism:  Philosophy, Language, and Things

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Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
Joshua Kates, associate professor of English, Indiana University

In this lecture, Joshua Kates will explore a major perspective in 20th century philosophy -- holism, shared by Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and, a figure from the later 20th century, Donald Davidson. He first will try to make clear the fundamentals of this standpoint, along with its considerable power. By way of conclusion, he hopes to lay out some of the problems or puzzles it raises, especially ones that pertain to interpretation and to the imaginary.
Joshua Kates is the author of two books on Jacques Derrida, Essential History: Jacques Derrida and the Development of Deconstruction and  Fielding Derrida: Philosophy, Literary Criticism, History, and the Work of Deconstruction. Kates has articles appearing or about to appear in differences: a Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies (“Against the Period”) and diacritics (“Historicity and Holism: The Example of Deleuze”), which are parts of his current project tentatively titled “Historicity and Holism.” Since 2005, Kates has been an associate professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He was a tutor at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, from 1991 to 2005.

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