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Our so-called “age of anxiety” is also the age that, much to its peril, has dismissed philosophy as neither a worthwhile academic pursuit nor a guide to living well. But anxiety (and how to deal with it) has been one of the most enduring subjects of analysis for philosophers ranging from Epictetus and Kierkegaard to Heidegger and Lacan. This course will ask: why is anxiety a philosophical problem, and how might philosophy help combat our anxiety?
One session. Registration – $30
Harrison Sherrod manages a film production company by day and teaches seminars at the Newberry by night. He has led courses on everything from metaphysical detectives and con games to Star Wars and Marxism.
This seminar is part of a special series examining humanities contexts for pandemics past and present. Explore the other seminars in the series, including Familiar Strains, Chords, and Dischords: Musical Echoes from the 1918 Pandemic, Baseball in Cultural Crises, Utopias, and Arts of Dying: The Visual Culture of the Black Death in Medieval Europe.
There are no required materials for this class.
For this seminar, please read Epictetus's The Enchiridion (which can also be found in the Penguin edition of Discourses and Selected Writings translated by Robert Dobbin) and "Difficulties" from Alain de Botton's The Consolations of Philosophy (a digital version of this reading will be included in the registration confirmation email).
Online registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, June 3.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at email@example.com.
We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.
This seminar has reached capacity. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the wait list.