Lecture to examine creative self-transformation

November 16, 2009

Michael Krausz Milton, the C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College and an artist, will give a lecture, “Creativity and Self-Transformation,” 5:15 p.m. Nov. 30 in McDaniel Lounge.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Krausz, whose creative activities include art and music, will discuss what motivates his artistic production and self-transformation.

“I regard self-transformation as a creative product,” he says. “I suggest that we should substitute the idea of a creative work for the idea of a creative product. For the idea of work incorporates processes and products. It is both a verb and a noun. A work is a doing and that which is done. Accordingly, a self and its transformation may be a creative work.”

He has had 21 solo exhibitions in galleries around the United States, the United Kingdom, and India.  Since 2005, he has been the artistic director and conductor of the Great Hall Chamber Orchestra at Bryn Mawr.

Krausz specializes in the theory of knowledge, philosophy of science, philosophy of history, aesthetics and philosophy of music.

Trained at the Universities of Toronto and Oxford, Krausz has been visiting professor at numerous institutions, including Georgetown University, Oxford University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, American University in Cairo, and the University of Nairobi.

He is the author of several publications, including “Rightness and Reasons: Interpretation in Cultural Practices”; “Varieties of Relativism,” with Rom Harré; “Limits of Rightness”; and “Interpretation and Transformation: Explorations in Art and the Self.”

Krausz, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, is the co-founder and former chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, made up of 13 colleges and universities.