Conférence: Andrei Pop, "The two-cultures the nineteenth century" (14 février 2018)

14 février 2018

Dans le cadre du séminaire interuniversitaire HAR8001
UQÀM, École des sciences de la gestion, local R-4215
Mercredi 14 février, 13h

Andrei Pop: The two-cultures the nineteenth century

University of Chicago 

A gap in comprehension and sympathy between the sciences and the humanities is often associated with Cold War arms race. But its roots reach into the nineteenth century, when natural 'explanation' was distinguished from historical 'understanding'. This, in turn, rested on a deeper distinction between the objective realm of science and the private nature of experience. But such a distinction, if real, seems to consign not only the arts, but sciences apparently conducted with the mind alone, like mathematics, to unintelligibility. No wonder that symbolist artists like Mallarmé, and mathematicians like Frege, sought to prove that our subjective grasp of physical marks can grant us access to an objective conceptual world.


Andrei Pop (BA Stanford, PhD Harvard, art history) is an Associate Professor at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.  He has published a book on the Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), and a translation of Karl Rosenkranz’s 1853 Aesthetics of Ugliness. His current work concerns pictures as logical objects linking fantasy and fiction to scientific activities like the formulation and testing of hypotheses. The proximate goal is to defend a politically engaged social history of art by emphasizing the truth-directedness of representations. The more distant goal is to give an aesthetic and art-historical argument for Platonism. To this end, he is interested in the relation of art and science, in dramatic and narrative art (what is usually called classicism), and in how modernity deals with the past. Linked to this are ethical and political questions about what role art plays in the good life and the bad. Subsidiary interests include cartoons, comics and caricatures, popular music, beauty and ugliness in and beyond art. 




Réalisation : Centre de services en TI et en pédagogie (CSTIP) (Université Laval)