The department is pleased to welcome Jeff O'Connell, a graduate student from Florida State University, who will give our first Year of the Teacher presentation, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 4:30-6:00. The topic of Jeff's talk will be "Love and Wisdom: Socrates, Nietzsche, Thoreau, and the Importance of Philosophy in Daily Life." The talk will be held in E. H. Butler 210 and is free and open to the public.
The etymology of the word "philosophy" reveals an important connection between love and wisdom. For Socrates, the search for truth was an exercise in the art of loving, an art that served an important ethical role in daily life. Nietzsche fears that this connection has been severed today thanks to the Death of God, and thatSocrates’s emphasis on love has been forgotten about due to our modern, monomaniacal pursuit of devalued, scientific truth. O'Connell will discuss the importance of love in the pursuit of wisdom, and showhow both Nietzsche and Thoreau propose to use philosophy as a way to reintroduce love as a central concept not only in morals, but in science and, ultimately, in daily life.
O’Connell’s areas of interest are philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and continental philosophy. He is interested in the intersection of science and religion, specifically when it comes to evaluating truth claims and living meaningfully. He’s also interested in attempts to bridge the analytic/continental gap, and in the philosophy of Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein.
For further information, contact Kimberly Blessing.