2019-2020 Lecture Series: Wisdom and Transformation

(If you are looking for last year’s series, you can find it here.)

Can philosophical insight change the way we live? If so, how? What are the limits of self-knowledge? How do these limits affect our choices? These questions have concerned Western philosophers since the time of Socrates and Plato. They also have been a central concern in Buddhist reflection about the nature of a good life. This series will explore these questions from different perspectives, through the eyes of several talented philosophers. If these questions are a concern for you, we invite you to join the discussion.

 

“Becoming a Better Person: Aristotelian Reflections”

Susan Sauvé Meyer, Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, September 18, 2019  6 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video of Professor Meyer’s lecture is available here.

 

“Courage and Experiments in Selfhood: Plato, Žižek, and Herzog

Richard Eldridge, Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College

Wednesday, October 2, 2019  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video of Professor Eldridge’s lecture is available here.

 

“Transformative Religious Experience and Empathy for Future Selves”

L. A. Paul, Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Yale University

Wednesday, October 16, 2019  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video will be available at a later date!

 

“From Aspiration to Engagement: The Moral Logic of the Bodhisattva Path”

Jay Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor of Philosophy, Smith College

Wednesday, October 30, 2019  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video of Professor Garfield’s lecture is available here.

 

“Is the Mind a Tool?”

Agnes Callard, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago

Wednesday, November 13, 2019  5 p.m.

Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video of Professor Callard’s lecture is available here.

 

“On Having Self-Knowledge while Lacking Self-Understanding”

Paul Katsafanas, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston University

Wednesday, December 4, 2019  5 p.m.

Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video of Professor Katsafanas’s lecture is available here.