Research : Staff Research : Maximilian de Gaynesford
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Ben Kingsley and Alan Howard in ’Waiting for Godot’ 1997 © John Haynes  

MAXIMILIAN DE GAYNESFORD

Research interests
Philosophy of Mind and Language; Philosophy of Literature, with particular interests in Beckett and Poetry; Philosophy of Film.

Ongoing research projects
I am currently at work trying to draw illuminative parallels between Wittgenstein and Beckett on questions like rule-following and 'going on'; ending and the limits of thought and philosophy; deflating common conceptions of the self. I am also interested in drawing Beckett into a more general defence of the seriousness of poetry against certain well-known challenges from philosophy (particularly those associated with J. L. Austin and speech act theory).

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