Laurie Paul on "Transformative Experience and Choice"

We are very pleased to announce that Laurie Paul, Eugene Falk Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Professorial Fellow at St Andrews University in Scotland, will deliver a talk for Filosofisk seminar this semester. The seminar is open for everyone, and will be followed by an informal reception.

Portrait of Laurie Paul (Photo: University of North Carolina).

Laurie Paul (Photo: University of North Carolina).

Abstract

Going to war, having a baby, being spiritually reborn, betraying your lover, emigrating to a new country – all of these are experiences that can transform us. By transforming us, they change us, and in the process, they restructure the nature and meaning of our lives. I’ll discuss the nature of transformative experience and show how exploring its epistemic structure can help us to understand the distinctive psychological impact of new experience. I’ll extend this idea to discuss the way that new technology, by creating distinctive new kinds of lived experiences, can form and change us, and show how this relates to how we make life choices, both big and small.

About Laurie Paul

Laurie Paul is Eugene Falk Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Professorial Fellow at St Andrews University in Scotland. She specializes in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science, focusing on questions concerning transformative experience, decision theory, the nature of the self, time, temporal experience, mereology, causation, and identity. She also has interests in methodology and the philosophy of science. She is the author of Transformative Experience (Oxford Univ. Press: 2014) and is co-author, with Ned Hall, of Causation: A User’s Guide (Oxford Univ. Press: 2013). She is currently writing a book on transformative experience and the nature of the self to be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

About the seminar series

Philosophical Seminar is a philosophy colloquium series, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at UiO. The departmental colloquium has previously hosted renowned philosophers such as Charles Taylor, Peter Railton,  Galen Strawson, Julia Annas, Martin Kusch, Stephen Darwall, Berit Brogaard, John Sallis, Robert B. Pippi, Serena Parekh and Laurie Paul.

The colloquia are open to everyone and followed by an open and informal reception on the third floor in the same building. Students are especially encouraged to attend, and all participants are invited to the reception afterwards.

Published Mar. 16, 2018 4:40 PM - Last modified Sep. 4, 2018 2:54 PM