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The Teacher

History is filled with famous teachers... A seminar by Sean D. Kelly, Harvard University

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Jun 21, 2017
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM


Room Q201, Lochlann Quinn Building, UCD, Belfield

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A public lecture on Wednesday 21 June at 3pm, in the Quinn School entitled, “The Teacher”; details below.

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History is filled with famous teachers: Socrates, Jesus, Hubert Dreyfus. But what makes a teacher successful? Each way of teaching hides within it an incipient view of what it is to be a teacher, what it is to be a learner, and what it is to be a being – the human being – who is capable of both. This paper will explore three theories of teaching, and the theories of being human that motivate them. Looking through the lens of Søren Kierkegaard’s fascination with Socrates and Jesus, and drawing on my own experience with Dreyfus, I will argue that Dreyfus’ practice of teaching combines elements of both Socrates’ notion of a transformation of understanding and Jesus’ notion of re-birth, but resituates them in the context of a deep and redeeming commitment to the finitude of human existence.

Sean Dorrance Kelly is the Theresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He served as Chair of the Philosophy Department at Harvard from 2009-2015. Before arriving at Harvard, Kelly taught at Stanford and Princeton, and he was a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. His work focuses on various aspects of the philosophical, phenomenological, and cognitive neuroscientific nature of human experience. Kelly has published articles in numerous journals and anthologies and has received fellowships or awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the NSF and the James S. McDonnell Foundation, among others. His book, All Things Shining: Reading the Western Canon to Find Meaning in Our Secular Age, jointly written with Hubert Dreyfus, was a New York Times bestseller.

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