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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 

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions When Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientifc Revolutions appeared in 1962, it offered a radically new perspective on the history of science. It challenged the prevailing view that science develops by “accumulation” and argued...

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Understanding Ritual

Lara Buchak Associate Professor of Philosophy; Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute Understanding Ritual Whether we are religious or secular, our lives are structured by rituals. Religious believers often participate in liturgies, but our culture is filled with other...

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Visions of Justice

Steven Hayward Visiting Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy Visions of Justice: From Conservatism to Postmodernism Justice today typically comes in hyphenated forms. There’s social justice, racial justice, environmental justice, and even spacial justice. Many...

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Understanding Architecture

Anselm Ramelow Professor of Philosophy; Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute Understanding Architecture Architecture shapes our lives and forms our imaginations in ways we often do not fully appreciate. Places of work, learning, worship, and living do more than provide...

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How to Be Christian In College

How to Be Christian In College A lot of people think it should be hard to be a Christian and a college student. Is it? Should it be? And in any case, how can you do both well? Berkeley professors Lara Buchak and Steven Justice will offer both intellectual and...

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Time and Eternity in Milan Kundera

Our summer fiction reading group continues with Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. We will meet weekly to talk about Kundera’s understanding of erotic love, its relationship to human finitude, and his frequent reflections on theological themes. A free...

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Jane Austen and the Moral Life

Jane Austen wrote romantic comedies about smart young women looking for good husbands.  But her novels are also charged with moral significance, and offer guidance, both serious and hilarious, in the virtuous conduct of life.  Her heroines learn about the importance...

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