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Ilit Ferber, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University

Ilit Ferber focuses on the philosophy of emotions, especially melancholy, suffering and pain, from the perspective of language. She has published articles on Leibniz, Herder, Freud, Benjamin, Heidegger, Scholem and Améry. She has also co-edited a book on the role of moods in philosophy, and two books, in English and Hebrew, on lament in Gershom Scholem’s thought. Her book Philosophy and Melancholy: Benjamin's Early Reflections on Theater and Language (Stanford University Press in 2013) explores the role of melancholy in Benjamin's early writings and discusses the relationship between Benjamin, Freud, and Leibniz. Her new book Language Pangs: On Pain and the Origin of Language (Oxford University Press, 2019) explores the role of pain in Herder's theory of the origin of language, Heidegger's seminar about Herder, and Sophocles' Philoctetes.

Topic: Ilit Ferber Benjamin and the Sounds of Childhood

Time: Mar 3, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)