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Strangers on the Threshold: Love, Wisdom, and the Task of Philosophy

May 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CEST

15,00€ – 100,00€

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Strangers on the Threshold: Love, Wisdom, and the Task of Philosophy

with Will Buckingham

Sunday May 29, 2022

9:00 PDT | 12:00 EDT | 17:00 BST  |  18:00 CEST

2-hour session

The session is live and you will be sent the RECORDING.

What is philosophy? Why do we philosophise? And why, in a time of crisis, does philosophy matter?

A familiar answer might be that philosophy is the love of wisdom, that we philosophise out of a hunger for wisdom, and that this deep need for wisdom is all the greater when we navigate through times of crisis. But for the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, this gets things back to front. Philosophy, Levinas writes, is not the love of wisdom. It is, instead, the wisdom of love in the service of love. Why do we philosophise? Why do we awaken to philosophical questions? Levinas’s answer is clear: we philosophise, or awaken to love’s wisdom, because we are called to do so by another – by the proximity of a stranger on the threshold, by someone who is not us.

In a time of crisis, the temptation is often to withdraw, to fall back on our own resources, or to batten down the hatches. But in this talk, writer and philosopher Will Buckingham will explore how Levinas sets out a more challenging, and more fruitful, path. Weaving together philosophy and storytelling, he will argue that in a time of crisis, the greatest philosophical demand may be this: to open up the door.

Will Buckingham is a writer from the UK with a PhD in philosophy and an MA in anthropology. He has previously been associate professor of writing and creativity at De Montfort University, Leicester, and visiting associate professor in the School of Literature and Journalism at Sichuan University. He now works as a freelance writer, and is on the visiting faculty at Parami University, Myanmar. His most recent book is Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected World (Granta 2021). https://www.willbuckingham.com

Packages:

All 8 sessions – Full Price €100, Member’s Discount €90: All 8 live sessions and recordings.

4/8 sessions – Full Price €55, Member’s Discount €49.50: Choose any 4 live sessions and recordings. After you have purchased this option, you will receive a form by email to choose the events you wish to attend.

One session – Full Price €15, Member’s Discount €13,50: By purchasing one session, you will have access to any one session and recording. Tickets for individual sessions are available on the event page for that session.

Solidarity All 8 Sessions – €50: All 8 live sessions and recordings. Please feel free to use this solidarity rate if you are under financial stress. The membership discount does not apply to this package.

Solidarity  4/8 Sessions – €27.50: Choose any 4 live sessions and recordings. After you have purchased this option, you will receive a form by email to choose the events you wish to attend. Please feel free to use this solidarity rate if you are under financial stress. The membership discount does not apply to this package.

General Information 

All sessions will last for approximately 2 hours, and will be held over zoom.us. The session structure may vary from speaker to speaker, but in general participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter and in some cases there will be breakaway discussion groups.

Each session will be hosted by a member of the Pari Center Team, to ensure that the call is running smoothly and assist anyone experiencing technical problems.

During the presentations, we ask participants to turn off their microphone to ensure better quality audio. For this reason, the host may mute a participant’s audio. This is not to silence a participant’s voice, but to ensure an overall good audio quality. If a participant would like to ask a question or make a contribution to the discussion, they can use the ‘raise your hand’ tool in the chat, and then are welcome to turn on their microphone.

We invite all participants to turn on their video camera, as we believe that seeing everyone creates an inclusive educational environment. However, if any participant is uncomfortable, they are free to turn off the camera.

All sessions will be recorded. The recordings will not include the possible breakout-room discussions, but only the speaker’s presentation, follow-up discussions and Q&A. If a participant does not feel comfortable being recorded, we invite that participant to turn off their video and audio throughout the session. These recordings are available to anyone who has purchased a ticket for an attended session, or for a session they have paid for but were unable to attend.

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Details

Date:
May 29
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CEST
Cost:
15,00€ – 100,00€

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