Date: Nov 14, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2413
Location: Employee Lounge Langara College Main Campus

Provocateurs wanted! Do you enjoy thinking about what others say as much as they enjoy arguing their own views? Langara's Department of Philosophy invites you to attend Philosophers' Jam, a forum for the expression of provocative ideas. 

Striving, Entropy, and Meaning
Speaker: John Russell 

Striving was a central feature of the metaphysics of antiquity through the Renaissance after which it gave way to modern scientific accounts of nature and Darwinian accounts of biology. A casualty of this metaphysical shift is that human psychological striving has been overlooked by philosophy and psychology in favour of supposedly more elemental mental phenomenon like desire, reason, choice, and motivation. This discussion will put forth an account of human striving in the context of modern science and argue that it is something of principal value in human lives - a cardinal human virtue and a source of a sense of dignity.

John Russell, is an instructor and former chair in the department of philosophy at Langara College. He has published extensively on questions related to sport and values and is winner of the Warren P. Fraleigh Distinguished Scholar Award for Philosophy of Sport. He is also the inaugural winner of the Langara Scholarly Excellence Award. 


To learn more about an upcoming Philosophers' Jam, guest speaking opportunities, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Katharine Browne
Coordinator, Philosophers' Jam
Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2413

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