Philosophy Spring Speaker Dr. Mark Wrathall | "Anxiety and the Self in Heidegger and Kierkegaard"
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Please join the Philosophy Department for our Spring Speaker on April 10th 2014 at 6pm in the Cultural Studies House (740 N. College Ave) University of California, Riverside Professor of Philosophy Dr. Mark Wrathall to speak on: Anxiety and the Self in Heidegger and Kierkegaard
“The Existentialist tradition in philosophy regards anxiety as a privileged mood. Philosophers like Kierkegaard and Heidegger argue that anxiety is a pervasive phenomenon – that to be human is to be in a state of anxiety, whether we acknowledge it or not. They also argue that anxiety plays a central role in constituting us as agents. Anxiety, they claim, is essential to making us capable of acting and being responsible for ourselves. They agree, too, that the ultimate task for human beings is (as Kierkegaard puts it) ‘learning to be anxious in the right way.’ But there are lots of questions that surround such claims – not least of which is, what do they mean by anxiety? In this paper, I set out to understand existentialist anxiety, and to explore the relationship between anxiety and self.”
Location: Cultural Studies House (740 N. College Ave)