New Meetup: Socrates Cafe March Meetup

From: Andy
Sent on: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 6:05 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Socrates Cafe!

What: Socrates Cafe March Meetup

When: March 21,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Our issue for next time -- suggested by Socrates Cafe members Phyllis and Carla -- is one that we all are forced to confront as human beings but many of us would rather not think about: death. Two important philosophical questions we can focus on are the following:

(1) What attitude should one take toward one's death (by which I mean the event marking the end of one's life, not the process of dying)? Should we welcome death, like Percy Bysshe Shelley, who wrote, "How wonderful is Death! // Death and his brother Sleep"? Or should we, with Dylan Thomas, "Rage, rage against the dying of the light"? The correlative question about death itself is whether it is, for the person who dies, a good, bad, or neutral event.

(2) What implications does our mortality have for the meaning of our lives and the way we should live our lives? The 16th-century French philosopher Michel de Montaigne asserted that "He who would teach men to die would at the same time teach them to live." What wisdom about life can we acquire by coming to terms with our eventual deaths?

We have the good fortune to be joined in our discussion next time by Dr. Mary Newman, a psychology professor at MSU who regularly teaches a course on death and dying.

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