Epistemology in Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens, a modernist poet who emerged in the 1920s and gained widespread popularity in the 40s, writes very philosophical poetry, and this element of his work sets him apart from his Modernist contemporaries. Stevens’ poems are about the relationship of human imagination and reality, the role of religion in humans’ understanding of reality, and the source of reality’s value. His poetry seeks to answer questions like: how can we know? How do human beliefs and perceptions affect our understanding of reality? Which version of reality is the true version? Epistemology, a discipline of philosophy that deals with the study of theories of knowledge, investigates similar questions. My summer research will analyze the philosophical ideas found in Wallace Stevens’ poems, focusing on how theories of epistemology illuminate the themes in his poetry.

LGBTQ&A: Who We Are and How We Know – Abstract

From the nature of self-knowledge to the role of childbearing in society, there are a number of philosophical problems which queer people are uniquely situated to address. Questions which have inspired robust debate in Western philosophy stand at the heart of modern queer experience: What does it mean to know myself? What do we owe each other? How should I value my own happiness? Who am I? My study of LGBTIQ history, along with my own lived experience, has taught me that constructions of heterosexuality affect every aspect of social reality: Friendship, family, labor, love, aging, dying, justice. Nothing escapes the fray. The goal of my research is to propose a new model for understanding queer identity, and to use this model to explore other areas of philosophy through a lens of queer normativity.

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Unknown, Unkissed, and Lost Part 5: Kierkegaard & Kaufman


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Abstract – Unknown, Unkissed, and Lost: The Philosophical and Literary Underpinnings of Charlie Kaufman’s Films

Still from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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