The Department of Philosophy welcomes David Wood presenting “Disconcerting Experience.” Why is experience important to philosophy? It can provide evidence for our beliefs. It can help keep us open to the world. But everything hangs on what counts as experience. Those that shake our fondest assumptions deserve special attention. David Wood is the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Wood’s interests lie in the possibilities of reading and thinking opened up by contemporary continental philosophy and by nineteenth century German thought.