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LSU College of Art & Design Distinguished Lecture Series to Present Philosopher, Architecture Theoretician Karsten Harries March 21

03/13/2012 03:55 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Art & Design's Distinguished Lecture Series will present philosopher and architecture theoretician Karsten Harries on Wednesday, March 21, at 5 p.m. in Room 103 of the Design Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Born in Jena, Germany, and trained at Yale University, Harries is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He has also taught at the University of Texas and has twice been a visiting professor at the University of Bonn.


Harries has published and lectured widely on Heidegger, early modern philosophy, and the philosophy of art and architecture. He is the author of more than 170 articles and reviews and of five books: “The Meaning of Modern Art” (1968); “The Bavarian Rococo Church: Between Faith and Aestheticism” (1983), which was a runner-up for the Conféderation Internationale de Négiociants en Oeuvres d'Art award in 1982; “The Broken Frame: Three Lectures” (1990); “The Ethical Function of Architecture” (1997), winner of the American Institute of Architects Eighth Annual International Architecture Book Award for Criticism; and “Infinity and Perspective” (2001), Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Bronze Award Winner 2001 for Philosophy. With Christoph Jamme, Harries has edited “Martin Heidegger: Kunst, Politik, Technik” (1992), which appeared in an English version as “Martin Heidegger: Politics, Art, and Technology” (1994).


In recent years, more and more of Harries’ teaching and writing have been directed to architects. As an intersection of art and technology, architecture has given him the possibility of exploring very concretely what today most interests him: the question of the legitimacy and limits of that objectifying reason that presides over our science and technology. A book addressing the present situation of art, “The End and Origin of Art,” is nearing completion. A much abbreviated version, just given as a series of four lectures at Shanghai’s Fudan University with the title “Why Art Matters,” is scheduled to appear in a Chinese translation.


This presentation of the LSU College of Art & Design’s Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by Paula G. Manship. Professional American Institute of Architects and American Society of Landscape Architecture continuing education credit is available for this lecture.


Additional information is available on the LSU College of Art & Design website at, the College of Art & Design’s Facebook page or by contacting Debra Langlois at 225-578-5868 or


Those unable to attend the lecture in person will be able to view a recording of the lecture online at

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