Bio


Joshua Landy is the Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French, Professor of Comparative Literature, and co-director of the Literature and Philosophy Initiative at Stanford, home to a PhD minor and undergraduate major tracks in Philosophy and Literature.

Professor Landy is the author of Philosophy as Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust (Oxford, 2004) and of How To Do Things with Fictions (Oxford, 2012). He is also the co-editor of two volumes, Thematics: New Approaches (SUNY, 1995, with Claude Bremond and Thomas Pavel) and The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age (Stanford, 2009, with Michael Saler). Philosophy as Fiction deals with issues of self-knowledge, self-deception, and self-fashioning in Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu, while raising the question of what literary form contributes to an engagement with such questions; How to Do Things with Fictions explores a series of texts (by Plato, Beckett, Mallarmé, and Mark) that function as training-grounds for the mental capacities.

Professor Landy has appeared on the NPR shows "Forum" and "Philosophy Talk" (on narrative selfhood and on the function of fiction) and has on various occasions been a guest host of Robert Harrison's "Entitled Opinions" (with Lera Boroditsky on Language and Thought, with Michael Saler on Re-Enchantment, with John Perry and Ken Taylor on the Uses of Philosophy, and with Alexander Nehamas on Beauty).

Professor Landy has received the Walter J. Gores Award for Teaching Excellence (1999) and the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching (2001).

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Department of French and Italian, Stanford University (1996 - 2004)
  • Co-director of the Initiative in Philosophy and Literature, Stanford University (2004 - Present)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago (2004 - 2004)
  • Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian, Stanford University (2004 - 2007)
  • Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian and (by courtesy) of English, Stanford University (2007 - 2013)
  • Professor, Departments of Comparative Literature, French & Italian, and (by courtesy) English, Stanford (2013 - Present)
  • Andrew B. Hammond Chair of French Language, Literature, and Civilization, Department of French and Italian, Stanford University (2013 - Present)

Honors & Awards


  • Fellowship, National Humanities Center (2011 - 2012)
  • Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University (2001)
  • The Walter J. Gores Award for Teaching Excellence, Stanford University (1999)
  • Mrs. Giles Whiting Honorific Fellowship in the Humanities, Princeton University (1994 - 1995)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Editorial board member, Oxford Series in Philosophy and Literature (2014 - Present)
  • Director of Graduate Studies, French, Stanford University (2013 - 2015)
  • Editorial board member, Arcade (2009 - Present)
  • Member, Stanford Humanities Fellows Executive Committee, Stanford University (2009 - Present)
  • Chair, Department of French and Italian, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Co-founder, co-director, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Philosophy and Literature Initiative, Stanford University (2004 - Present)
  • Co-chair, Philosophy and Literature Focal Group, Stanford University (2002 - Present)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies (intermittent), French, Stanford University (1998 - 2005)

Program Affiliations


  • Modern Thought and Literature

Professional Education


  • PhD, Princeton University, Comparative Literature (1997)
  • MA, Cambridge University, French & German (1991)
  • BA, Churchill College, Cambridge, French & German (1988)

2018-19 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Chloe Edmondson, Hannah Kim
  • Orals Evaluator
    Chloe Edmondson
  • Doctoral Dissertation Co-Advisor (AC)
    Phoebus Cotsapas, Radhika Koul
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Chloe Edmondson, Radhika Koul

All Publications


  • Conditional Goods and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: How Literature (as a Whole) Could Matter Again SUB-STANCE Landy, J. 2013; 42 (2): 48-60
  • Formative Fictions: Imaginative Literature and the Training of the Capacities POETICS TODAY Landy, J. 2012; 33 (2): 169-216
  • THE DEVIL, THE MASTER-CRIMINAL, AND THE RE-ENCHANTMENT OF THE WORLD (ON THE USUAL SUSPECTS) PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE Landy, J. 2012; 36 (1): 37-57
  • Deceit, Desire, and the Literature Professor: Why Girardians Exist Republics of Letters Landy, J. 2012; 3 (1)
  • Still Life in a Narrative Age: Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation CRITICAL INQUIRY Landy, J. 2011; 37 (3): 497-514

    View details for DOI 10.1086/659355

    View details for Web of Science ID 000291266300008

  • Corruption by Literature Republics of Letters: A Journal for the Study of Knowledge, Politics, and the Arts Landy, J. 2010; 1 (2)
  • The Abyss of Freedom: Love and Legitimacy in Constant’s Adolphe Nineteenth Century French Studies Landy, J. 2009; 37: 193-213
  • Philosophical training grounds: Socratic sophistry and Platonic perfection in 'Symposium' and 'Gorgias' ARION-A JOURNAL OF HUMANITIES AND THE CLASSICS Landy, J. 2007; 15 (1): 63-122
  • Proust, his narrator, and the importance of the distinction POETICS TODAY Landy, J. 2004; 25 (1): 91-135
  • Nietzsche, Proust, and will-to-ignorance PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE Landy, J. 2002; 26 (1): 1-23
  • The Point of the Pyramid: Michael Fried’s Flaubert's ‘Gueuloir' Los Angeles Review of Books Landy, J. 2013
  • How to Do Things with Fictions Landy, J. New York: Oxford University Press. 2012
  • PROUST AMONG THE PSYCHOLOGISTS PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE Landy, J. 2011; 35 (2): 375-387
  • Il falso di sacre teorie Il Manifesto Landy, J. 2011: 10-11
  • A Beautiful Life The Athens Review of Books Landy, J., Translated by Mentzalira, C. 2011: 14-18
  • Un égoïsme utilisable pour autrui’: le statut normatif de l'auto-description chez Proust Morales de Proust Landy, J. edited by Bertini, M., Compagnon, A. Paris: L’Harmattan. 2010: 83–99
  • Secular Magic in a Rational Age The Human Experience Landy, J. 2010
  • The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age edited by Landy, J., Saler, M. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 2009
  • Re-Enchantment The American Scholar Landy, J., Saler, M. 2009: 10-11
  • Modern Magic: Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and Stéphane Mallarmé The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age Landy, J. edited by Landy, J., Saler, M. Stanford University Press. 2009: 102–29
  • The Varieties of Modern Enchantment The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age Landy, J., Saler, M. edited by Landy, J., Saler, M. Stanford University Press. 2009: 1–14
  • A Beatrice for Proust? Poetics Today Landy, J. 2008; 28: 607-18
  • Mallarméan Magic: Retrospective Necessity, Lucid Illusion, and the Re-Enchantment of the World Symbolism Landy, J. 2008; 8: 259-78
  • Philosophy to the Rescue Philosophy and Literature Landy, J. 2007; 31: 405-19
  • The Paradox of Perfection Poetics Today Landy, J. 2005; 26 (1): 161-8
  • Philosophy as Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust Landy, J. New York: Oxford University Press. 2004
  • Accidental Kinsmen: Proust and Nietzsche Philosophy and Literature Landy, J. 2003; 27: 450-5
  • Les Moi en Moi The Johns Hopkins University Press JOURNALS PUBLISHING DIVISION Landy, J. 2001; 32 (1): 91-132

    View details for DOI 10.1353/nlh.2001.0006

  • The Texture of Proust’s Novel Cambridge Companion to Proust Landy, J. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2001: 117–34
  • Philosophy as Self-Fashioning: Alexander Nehamas’s Art of Living Diacritics Landy, J., Anderson, R. L. 2001; 31: 25-54
  • Pearson on Mallarmé Nineteenth Century French Studies Landy, J. 1998; 26: 463-5
  • Introduction Thematics: New Approaches Landy, J., Bremond, C., Pavel, T. Albany: State University of New York Press. 1995: 1–6
  • Thematics: New Approaches edited by Bremond, C., Pavel, T., Landy, J. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. 1995
  • Music, Letters, Truth and Lies: ‘L’Après Midi d’un Faune’ as an ars poetica Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature Landy, J. 1994; 42: 57-69