Robert Pippin will give the talk, "Psychology Degree Zero? On the Representation of Action in the Films of the Dardenne Brothers," on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's ongoing Roy Wood Sellars Lecture series.
In his talk, Pippin will discuss the films of Belgian film-makers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who came to international attention in the mid-1990s with La Promesse, followed by Rosetta, which won the Palme d'Or at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
Pippin, who is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought, Philosophy at the University of Chicago, works primarily on the modern German philosophical tradition, with a concentration on Kant and Hegel.
He has a number of interdisciplinary interests, especially those that involve the relation between philosophy and literature; he has published a book on Henry James and articles on Proust, modern art, and contemporary film.
Pippin has published on issues in theories of modernity, political philosophy, theories of self-consciousness, the nature of conceptual change, and the problem of freedom. His most recent book, After the Beautiful: Hegel and the Philosophy of Pictorial Modernism, concerns Hegel's theory of art and the possible relevance of that theory for understanding pictorial modernism.
The Roy Wood Sellars Lectureship was established in 1971 to celebrate both Roy Wood Sellars and W. Preston Warren. Professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, Sellars was instrumental in founding the Realist Movement in American philosophy.
For many years chair of the philosophy department at Bucknell, Warren was the author or editor of a number of papers and books on Sellars' philosophy. The first Sellars Lecture was given by Preston Warren, and the second by Wilfrid Sellars (with his father in attendance).