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NSSR Philosophy Workshop Series: Martin Hagglund

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10011, Room D1103

Martin Hagglund (Yale University) "Burying the Dead in a Secular Age"

In our contemporary age, faith in eternal life is said to have declined, with more people explicitly orienting their lives in terms of the values of a temporal, finite existence. Yet there is a widespread notion that such a lapse in faith is a great loss and that the hope for eternity expresses our deepest desire, even if it cannot be fulfilled. This is the premise—influentially defended by Charles Taylor in A Secular Age—that I call into question in my talk. I seek to show that eternal life is undesirable, since it would remove the dimension of time that is indispensable for a life worth living. Care—for our selves and for others—depends on faith in the value of temporal life, not faith in the value of eternity. I pursue this argument through an analytic of faith and put it to the test of the most agonizing event: the death of the beloved.

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Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions

Audience

Students

Division

The New School for Social Research

Theme

Humanity, Society, Social Justice

Topic

Philosophy, Health, Wellness and Therapy, Religion and Spirituality

Cost

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served.

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