October 14, 2013
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DR. SUSAN O’SHAUGHNESSY, Alwin C. Carus and M. Elisabeth Carus
professor of Philosophy
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
INAUGURAL CARUS LECTURE AT CONCORDIA
Concordia College will present the inaugural Carus Lecture in Philosophy, “To Become Human Does Not Come That Easily,” featuring Dr. Jonathan Lear at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center. A reception will follow in the atrium.
Lear’s talk explores a comment written by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard less than a year before he died: “Socrates doubted that one is a human being by birth; to become human or to learn what it means to be human does not come that easily.” What could he have possibly meant and how could he doubt that we are human at birth? Did he really mean that we are not yet human? Lear’s talk will discuss these questions.
Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought in the department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He was educated at Yale and Cambridge Universities and taught at both. While teaching philosophy, he decided to train as a psychoanalyst. He works primarily on philosophical conceptions of the human psyche from Socrates to the present.
Concordia College created the Carus Professorship in Philosophy and the Carus Lectureship in recognition of gifts from the charitable trusts established by Alwin C. Carus and his sister, M. Elisabeth Carus. The Carus’ grew up at LaSalle, Ill., and attended the University of Chicago, where Alwin established strong, lifelong connections that represented his deep interests in philosophy, science and religion.