Philosophy for Lunch: Self-Alienation
Description: You know what it means to become alienated from another person, or from some group. What does it mean to become alienated from your self? For some existentialist philosophers, understanding self-alienation is one key to understanding how to live a meaningful (not-alienated) life. At this P4L, in order to clarify self-alienation, we will examine a certain character created by Leo Tolstoy, and then we will turn to the philosopher Richard Schmitt’s interpretation of that character as a paradigm of self-alienation. (The image is from Antonioni’s L’Avventura, the first film in his Alienation trilogy.)
Thursdays, 11:45 AM–12:45 PM
Schmitt Hall, Room 104
What is P4L?
Students and professors close-read and discuss a few great passages of philosophy.
No preparation or previous knowledge of philosophy is needed. Everyone is welcome!
Should I bring anything?
Bring a beverage, and if you’re hungry, bring your actual lunch.