IAI Discussion: Authenticity, Reality and Being

Materialist reductionism can leave us with a a cold, detached view of what it means to be a self and this is having implications for law, psychology, meaning, and other social dynamics. Can existential philosophy pull us out of this seeming morass or should we just accept the reality in which we apparently live and figure out how to get on with things?

LOGO_iai-black_40x373222 The Institute of Art and Ideas has tackled another difficult, but very relevant topic in their latest “Philosophy for our times” series. Modern views on personhood has been moving towards a more objective view of humanness as science (as seen by some) is forcing a material reductionism in mind and body studies. Such a reduction can leave us with a a cold, detached view of what it means to be a self and this is having implications for law, psychology, meaning, and other social dynamics. Can existential philosophy pull us out of this seeming morass or should we just accept the reality in which we apparently live and figure out how to get on with things? In this conversation, sociologists and philosophers talk through the issues and argue for ideas ranging from a full abandonment the self to viewing the self on a spectrum of subjective and objective and figure out how to balance the two?

From their website: In a transient world, we're in love with the real. 'Real' experience, finding our 'real' self, even Coca Cola was in on the act with its slogan 'the real thing'. Is the pursuit of the authentically real an insidious and empty fantasy? Or was Heidegger right to see authenticity as a way to approach our essential being?

The Panel: Postmodern sociologist and author of Humanity 2.0 Steve Fuller, NCH philosopher Naomi Goulder and novelist Janne Teller interrogate the real

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