Book Launch: Thomas Pfau, "Incomprehensible Certainty: Metaphysics and Hermeneutics of the Image"


Location: 205/206/207 Mckenna Hall

The Departments of English, German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, with the University of Notre Dame Press, will co-host a book symposium at McKenna Hall for Thomas Pfau’s new work, Incomprehensible Certainty: Metaphysics and Hermeneutics of the Image (University of Notre Dame Press, 2022). Pfau’s study of images and visual experience is a tour de force linking Platonic metaphysics to modern phenomenology and probing literary, philosophical, and theological accounts of visual experience from Plato to Rilke.

The symposium will feature John Betz (introduction), Thomas Pfau (opening remarks), Cyril O’Regan (remarks), Romana Huk (remarks), Judith Wolfe (remarks). There will be a Q & A and a reception/book signing. 

Here is a link to the book’s introduction Writing the Image.

Thomas Pfau is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English at Duke University, with a secondary appointment on the Duke Divinity School faculty. He is the author, editor, and translator of twelve books, including Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013, 2015).