Carsten Dutt

Carsten Dutt
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Professor of the Humanities Chair, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literature
  • Affiliation During NDIAS Fellowship: University of Heidelberg
  • Residential Fellow (2010-2011)
  • “Truth as a Value of Literature”

Carsten Dutt is an assistant professor in the Department of German at the University of Heidelberg. He specializes on the intersection of literary theory and philosophy. From 1993 to 1997 he was the personal assistant of Hans-Georg Gadamer, and from 1997 to 2001 he was a research associate in the Department of Philosophy at Heidelberg. From 2002 to 2005 he led a research project on historical semantics and conceptual history in Heidelberg’s German Department, and from September 2005 to October 2007 he was a research associate at the German Literary Archive in Marbach am Neckar. His current research focuses on the relation between truth, imaginative literature, and literary value.

The author or editor of several books, Professor Dutt has published in the fields of hermeneutics (Hermeneutik, Ästhetik, Praktische Philosophie, 2000 and English translation in 2001; Text und Interpretation. Gadamers philosophische Hermeneutik und die Literaturwissenschaft, forthcoming, 2011), the theory and methodology of conceptual history (Herausforderungen der Begriffsgeschichte, edited, 2003) and German-language literature of modernity (Figurationen der literarischen Moderne, co-edited with Roman Luckscheiter, 2007; Günter Eichs Metamorphosen, co-edited with Dirk von Petersdorff, 2009; Die Schuldfrage, edited, 2010). His most recent work is Philosophie der Literatur (forthcoming, 2011).

During the spring term of 2009, Professor Dutt was Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor of German at the University of Notre Dame, and from May through July of 2009 he was a Fellow at the Collegium Budapest.