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Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture: Loss And The Struggle For Meaning

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Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture: Loss And The Struggle For Meaning

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Professor Beverley Clack, Professor in the Philosophy of Religion, Oxford Brookes University

Abstract

What is the point of philosophy? Is there a place for it in the contemporary university or, indeed, in contemporary life in general? This lecture offers a vision of philosophy as a lived practice, not just an academic exercise. Epicurus claimed that “Empty is the argument of the philosopher which does not relieve any human suffering.” This claim forms the basis for this lecture where the suggestion is made that we should construct philosophy as a discipline that offers medicine for the sick soul as it struggles to engage with the loss of meaning.

About the speaker

Beverley Clack is Professor in the Philosophy of Religion at Oxford Brookes University. Her publications includeFeminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings, co-edited with Pamela Sue Anderson (2004); Sex and Death: A Reappraisal of Human Mortality (2002);Misogyny in the Western Philosophical Tradition (1999); and The Philosophy of Religion, co-authored with Brian R. Clack in 1998 (a fully revised second edition of this book was published in 2008). She was recently involved in the ESRC-funded Seminar Series ‘Changing Notions of the Human Subject: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Emotional Well-being and Social Justice in Education Policy and Practice’, and is currently working on the application of psychoanalytic theory to the philosophy of religion.

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