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Difficult Discourse: Searching for a Critical Generosity

Berkeley Institute Graduate Conference 2016

February 26th and 27th, 2016
315 and 330 Wheeler Hall
UC Berkeley 

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Plato’s Ethics for Beginners

Plato’s Ethics for Beginners Plato’s moral thought is foundational for Western culture. He attempted, controversially, to ground morality in human reason, rather than custom, superstition, or sentiment. This seminar will introduce some of Plato’s basic...

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Conversions

Conversions This seminar will focus on questions surrounding the phenomenon of conversion, which is a radical shift in viewpoint.  How can we ever come to occupy a perspective radically different from the one we currently hold?  Does this happen as the result of a...

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2016 Graduate Conference

Difficult Discourse: Searching for a Critical Generosity Berkeley Institute Graduate Conference February 26th and 27th, 2016 315 and 330 Wheeler Hall UC Berkeley The question of this year’s conference touches the heart of our intellectual work and our personal...

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Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor

Matthew Rose Director & Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute Dates: Thursdays on 7.7, 7.14, 7.28 Time: 5:30-7:30 PM Reading schedule: 7/7: “The Nature and Aims of Fiction”; “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” 7/14: “The Grotesque in Southern Fiction”; “A Good Man is...

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Dante’s Purgatorio: An Art of Willing

Dante’s Divine Comedy is certainly the greatest literary work Europe produced in the middle ages, maybe the greatest it has ever produced. Part of its greatness is its laying out for imagination what the will (will as both desire and choice) requires for its...

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