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PNP Colloquium: Manuel Vargas (University of California, San Diego)

"The Philosophy of Accidentality"


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When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Busch Hall 100 (Danforth Campus)

Abstract for this Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) Colloquium:

In the mid-20th century, there was a brief flourishing in some philosophical circles of a peculiar quasi-nationalist existentialist project. That project focused on articulating the particulars of a national or cultural circumstance, and the possibility of self-understanding that was supposed to follow in its wake. This talk picks up some of the pieces of that project and argues for a rehabilitation of aspects of it—roughly, a kind of analytic existentialism about the accidental or contingent nature of agency. 



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