Taking as its point of departure a brief selection of readings (approx. 50 pages) from ancient rhetoric and philosophy to twentieth-century philosophical hermeneutics, this workshop will explore the status of experience in the early modern period and its investment in the adversarial practice of refutation.
Kathy H. Eden (Professor of English Literature and Professor of Classics, Columbia University, New York) specialises in Renaissance humanism, history of rhetoric, hermeneutics, ancient literary theory, and history of classical scholarship. She studies the history of rhetorical and poetic theory in antiquity, including late antiquity, and the Renaissance, within the larger context of intellectual history and with an emphasis on the problems of reception. Her current project explores epistolary theory and the construction of letter collections in antiquity and the Renaissance.
The Masterclass by Kathy Eden is organised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society and Huygens ING.