WORKSHOP on Capturing the Ineffable: wisdom in perspective
Friday, March 20, 4:30-5:30pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium 125
to be followed by a reception from 5:30-6:15pm
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
The limits of the human: knowledge, wisdom, acknowledgement
The sheer magnitude of violence, atrocity, and horror that has now become part of our experience of life puts traditional ethical concepts of self-making (including our responsibility to others) into jeopardy. In this keynote on the theme of “Capturing the Ineffable: Wisdom in Anthropological Perspective” that I am honored to offer, I ask, how one might think of the lower and upper limits of the human? In what way are our own concepts de-ranged by the experience of violence and injustice so that thought becomes disengaged with the experience of living? How might we then see the subtle differences between knowledge, wisdom, and acknowledgement; and under what conditions might we be led to lose our traditional concepts to make room for a different kind of attunement to life? Do the dynamics of descent and ascent provide a way to think of the human not as an abstract, universal category, or the foundation on which difference and similarity are built but as a notion that is arrived at in the context of the difficulty of reality and philosophy?
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Location and Address
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium