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Our Search for Meaning

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We want our lives to have meaning. How do we find that meaning? This course will be an open discussion of some of the boulevards, footpaths, and cul-de-sacs that can be explored. The starting point will be the importance of meaning. Two “isms” will run throughout the course – existentialism and communitarianism. We'll consider a grab-bag of thinkers who examined everything from how we develop our sense of self, to the patterns our brain uses to think, to the proper role for community. Each class (after the first) will read one or two papers selected by the class, and then discuss what was read in the following class. Much of the course material will be provided online. Important Caveat: Divinely revealed meaning will not be a major topic in this course.

Bob Fabian was trained in mathematics and dabbled in philosophy as an undergraduate. He is interested in seeing how that world has changed since his last philosophical exposure. He's now retired after a systems career as a consultant, academic, and manager.

Norm Forman taught at the primary, secondary, and university levels, before turning to psychology, and earning a doctorate from Rutgers University. Working in hospitals, schools and the public sector, he went on to publish three books and has been in private practice for many years.

(Limited to 35 participants)

Oct. 2, 2013 – Nov. 6, 2013 (6 sessions)
Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: POD 358

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