At the Existentialist Café
Thursday, September 13
In the heady days and nights of pre-war Europe, intellectuals often gathered to eat, drink, and talk at places like Paris’s famous Café Les Deux Magots. It was in these public spaces that some of the most important works of twentieth-century philosophy were born. Dean Tamar Gendler will talk with Sarah Bakewell about her book and the current state of public thinking in the world.
Tamar Szabó Gendler is Yale’s inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science. She holds a BA summa cum laude with Distinction in Humanities and in Mathematics-&-Philosophy from Yale University (1987) and a PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University (1996). After teaching at Syracuse and Cornell Universities for nearly a decade, she returned to Yale in 2006 as Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Cognitive Science Program. In 2009-10, supported by the Mellon Foundation’s New Directions program, she spent a year as a full-time student at Yale doing coursework in psychology, neuroscience, and statistics. In 2010, she was appointed Chair of the Yale philosophy department, becoming the ﬁrst woman chair in the department’s two-century history. In 2013, she was appointed Deputy Provost for Humanities and Initiatives, a position she held until she assumed her current role.