Biographical Information

Florian Klinger

Florian Klinger, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Germanic Studies, and the College; Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Chicago

Florian Klinger joined the department in autumn 2012. He graduated from the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin, and received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 2010. He is a member of Harvard’s Society of Fellows, where he currently holds an appointment as a Junior Fellow. Florian has had a previous career as a professional musician and holds an Artist Diploma, Violin, from Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. His book Urteilen, an inquiry into the structure of human judgment in modernity, was published by diaphanes Verlag, Zürich/Berlin in 2011. A second book, Theorie der Form. Gerhard Richter und die Kunst des pragmatischen Zeitalters, a pragmatist account of aesthetic form, came out with Carl Hanser Verlag, München in 2013. He also co-edited a volume of essays on the topic of latency, entitled “Latenz”. Blinde Passagiere in den Geisteswissenschaften (with Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, at Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2011). His work won the Bradley Rubidge Memorial Dissertation Award in Comparative Literature from Stanford University, and a 2009-2010 Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowhip from the Stanford Humanities Center. Florian’s current work involves a broad engagement with pragmatism, in its American as well as European varieties; an investigation of life as activity from ancient to 20th century philosophy; a book project on modernist poetics of force.

Paper: Judgment and Becoming

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