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The Invitational Lecture in the Humanities

April 22, 2009

"What is Wisdom?"

Pembroke Hall 305

Philosophy is the love of wisdom.  But what exactly is wisdom?  Is it the possession of knowledge? Is it self-knowledge?  Is it knowing how to apply knowledge to life?  Wisdom involves all of these things, but its hallmark is a sense of our limits in achieving them.  Wisdom consists in understanding how to live well within the terms of the human condition, and this means recognizing most of all that what it is for each of us to live well changes over time in unpredictable ways as a result of how we actually live.

Speaker Charles Larmore is the W. Duncan MacMillan Family Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Brown. His work in moral and political philosophy has focused on such topics as the foundations of political liberalism, the nature of the self, and the nature of moral judgment. He has also published extensively on figures and problems in the history of philosophy, particularly in the area of 17th century philosophy and on German Idealism.

The Invitational Lecture in the Humanities is an annual event in which a prominent member of the Brown University faculty considers pressing issues in the humanities, issues of importance to scholarship and to the world at large. This occasion gives the university and the community an opportunity to learn from our most distinguished colleagues, many of whom have more regular opportunities to speak off campus than at Brown.

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