Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am writing to draw your attention to this upcoming Zoom event on March 25 (see below), when I’ll be interviewing Marjorie Perloff about her recent translation of Wittgenstein’s Private Notebooks

The interview is hosted jointly by Philosophical Investigations and the (online) Simone Weil journal Attention. Participation is free of charge, though it requires a registration. The link for this can be found at the bottom of this email.

The one-hour interview will be followed by 25-30 minutes of questions from the floor. You are very welcome to join us for the occasion. Please note that time – 12 noon – is US Eastern Time, which I believe is 4 pm in the UK and 5 pm in Germany. 

With all good wishes –



Philosophy ought really to be written only as a form of poetry. -- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Perhaps poets, artists, composers, and filmmakers have taken such a special interest in Wittgenstein because they recognize that he is himself a kind of conceptual poet. -- Marjorie Perloff.

We are pleased to inform you that Attention and Philosophical Investigations are co-cohosting a special zoom event titled Poetry & Philosophy | An Interview with Marjorie Perloff

The event centers around Professor Marjorie Perloff’s new translation of and introduction to Wittgenstein'sPrivate Notebooks: 1914-1916 (Liveright 2022).

Dr. Perloff is Professor Emerita of English at Stanford University and the Florence R. Scott Professor of English Emerita at the University of Southern California. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.  Perloff has long taught courses on and written about twentieth and twenty-first-century poetry and poetics. Her dozen or so books include Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg EmpireUnoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New CenturyThe Vienna Paradox: A Memoir, and Frank O’Hara: Poet Among Painters.

Perloff will be interviewed by Dr. Mario von der Ruhr, Editor-in-Chief of Philosophical Investigations. His authored or co-edited books include Simone Weil and Religion and Wittgenstein’s Legacy

Date:  Saturday, March 25, 2023 

Time:    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern Time

Register:  Here (required though free)

Join us!

Ronald Collins