Thomas Claviez

Thomas Claviez is Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Bern. He is the author of Grenzfälle: Mythos— Ideologie— American Studies (1998) and Aesthetics and Ethics: Otherness and Moral Imagination from Aristotle to Levinas and from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” to “House Made of Dawn” (2008). He has published essays on pragmatism, ecology, American studies, American literature, ethics and aesthetics, and Native American literature. He is the editor of The Conditions of Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics on the Threshold of the Possible (2013); the co- author of Zur Aktualität von Jacques Rancière (forthcoming 2015, with Dietmar Wetzel); and he is currently working on a monograph with the title The Metonymic Society: Toward a New Poetics of Community.


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  1. The Common Growl
    An impressive collection bringing together contributions of renowned scholars on the topic of a "New Poetics of Community" that goes beyond both a romantic nostalgia for homogeneity and the myths of social engineering and rational... Learn More
    Published: 1st July 2016
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  2. The Conditions of Hospitality
    A collection of essays devoted to the concept of hospitality from different disciplinary perspectives such as philosophy, politics, anthropology, aesthetics, ethics, and translation studies.... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2013
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