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Lifelong Learning

Willing Not To Be Oneself - Kierkegaard on Selfhood and Despair Event

13:00 - 14:00
6 November 2014
John Hansard Gallery

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Event details

The Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, claims that all human beings are always in despair.

There are two forms this affliction can take: in despair willing to be oneself and in despair not willing to be oneself. How is this possible? How could one will either to be oneself or not to be? Can we choose who we are or who we might become? And, if we can, is there a way of escaping from this apparently universal human condition?

Speaker information

Dr Genia Schönbaumsfeld,Genia Schönbaumsfeld took up her position at Southampton in 1999. In 2003 she was awarded a Hertha Firnberg Research Fellowship by the Austrian Science Fund.

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