Kristin Gjesdal on "Shakespeare and the Development of Modern Aesthetics"

In this lecture, Kristin Gjesdal, Associate Professor at Temple University and Professor II at IFIKK, will discuss the changing reception of Shakespeare's work in 18th and 19th Century philosophy. The lecture is open for everyone, and will be followed by an informal reception.


In eighteenth-century European culture, Shakespeare’s work was translated, staged, and discussed with a passion that has remained unrivaled. Philosophy was no exception to this trend. Lessing, Herder, the Schlegel brothers, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and others turned to Shakespeare’s work and used it as an anchoring point for reflection on theater and dramatic poetry. The changing attitudes toward Shakespeare reflect, in turn, a changing attitude toward literature and art. In my presentation, I focus on the reception of Shakespeare in the period before and around Kant’s third Critique and trace the way the reception of Shakespeare went hand in hand with a reception of empiricist philosophy of taste.

About 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. 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.

Published Nov. 14, 2017 11:24 AM - Last modified Nov. 14, 2017 11:24 AM