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The Human Subject and the Human Condition
Simon Glynn
Lifelong Learning Society Professorship in Arts and Humanities, 2016-2017

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Questions to Ponder: What is a Human Subject? What is Personal Identity, and to what extent is it formed by my genetics, my society and culture, and my personal history? How do my relationships influence my identity? How free am I, and what responsibility do I have for being the person I am? How can I change myself, and why might I wish to? Should I fit into society, or should society accommodate who I might wish to be? What is alienation, do I feel it, and how might I overcome it? What is authenticity, and why might it be worth pursuing? Does life have any meaning or purpose, and if so, what is it?

1. What Makes us Human? What are the essential or defining characteristics of human existence? What is Consciousness/Mind and where does it come from?
2. Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity: Their basis or origin and development: Identity in Process.
3. Class, Race, and Gender: The roles of Genetics and Environment in producing the non-physical differences between people.
4. The Cultural Construction of Human "Nature" and the Unconscious.
5. Humans as essentially social and implications for the motivations, dynamics and justifications for human behavior and interactions.
6. Are we free or are our actions determined?
7. "Good" Versus "Evil": What is morality, where does it come from?
8. Is there a God and What is the Meaning and Purpose of Life?
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Simon Glynn received a PhD from Manchester University in England, and has taught at Manchester, Liverpool, The Open University, at McMaster in Canada, and University of Georgia, before coming to FAU. His research interests include contemporary continental philosophy (phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, structuralism and post-structural deconstruction) and its application to the natural, human and social sciences and cultural analysis, as well as social and political philosophy. Professor Glynn has published a number of articles in leading journals and book chapters and has edited and/or contributed to a number of books including Sartre: An Investigation of some Major Themes, European Philosophy and the Human and Social Sciences, Continental and Postmodern Perspectives in the Philosophy of Science, Buddhisms and Deconstructions, International Perspectives on Pragmatism, The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology and The Hermeneutics of God, The Universe and Everything.

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $100
Non-member - $130
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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