Cezanne and the Philosophy of Perception

This week's Philosophy for Lunch: "Cézanne and the Philosophy of Perception"

November 2, Thursday


Location: Schmitt Hall, Room 104 

 Description:  Cézanne's paintings of the late 1800s took a strange turn. They contain what seem to be geometrical distortions. On the face of it, Cézanne simply seems to do a poor job of depicting depth and other spatial features of cups, tables, walls, and other objects. One of his contemporaries referred to this as "Cézanne's suicide." In the 1940s, the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty offered a different view. Merleau-Ponty argued that Cézanne was attempting to paint what we actually see. We'll read and discuss the passages in which Merleau-Ponty is grappling with the connections between his own philosophy of perception and Cézanne's work. 

What is P4L?

Students and professors close-read and discuss a few great passages of philosophy.

Who's invited?

No preparation or previous knowledge of philosophy is needed. Everyone is welcome!

 Should I bring anything?

Bring a beverage, and if you're hungry, bring your actual lunch.


[Image: Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair, by Paul Cézanne, 1890]