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Philosophy is a little discussed area of our lives, but we live out our ethics in daily decisions. West Virginia University will host a three-day international conference focusing on the relationship of human beings to each other and also to the world. Beginning Thursday (June 20) the Department of Philosophy and the Emmanuel Levinas Center at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences will focus on existentialism in Oglebay Hall, from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Saturday (June 22).
Quotes and Comments
“Very broadly put, existentialism is a cluster of philosophical views centered upon a particular way of conceiving of the distinctive character of human existence. This conception conceives of human existence as self-defining or self-interpreting. Which means that a kind of meta-level that human existence resists any kind of once and for all definition.” —David Cerbone, Professor of Philosophy
“Existentialism is a philosophy that gets us to think about what role we have in making our own lives, forming relationships, making decisions about where to live and what to do for an occupation. Basically, how do I want to live my life, because existentialism teaches us that it’s up to us what kind of lives we lead.” —David Hoinski, Teaching Assistant Professor of Philosophy
“I think Existentialism reminds us that before all the social and political roles we are first and foremost unique individuals, human beings, which are born into this world. I think that reminder is extremely important when we think about climate change, when we think about before being citizens of particular countries we are citizens of this Earth which we are supposed to protect and look after.” —Viktoras Bachmetjevas, LSMU Emmanuel Levinas Center, Kaunas, Lithuania
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