I'd like to highlight another project connected with Existentialism -- the Kingston Library asked me to develop a year-long set of monthly talks on Philosophy, so I decided to focus on Existentialism, and I've been offering them to the general public since January. The series is called Glimpses into Existence, and in it I'm covering eleven key Existentialist thinkers.
We're now halfway through the sequence, having discussed Existentialism in general, the three "grandfathers" of the movement -- Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, and Nietzsche -- and several of the second generation Existentialists -- Rilke and Shestov. I'll be talking about Kakfa this Saturday.
If you're in the Hudson Valley area in New York, consider stopping by -- we get some lively discussions going. If not, we've actually videorecorded all of the earlier sessions, and we'll be recording this one as well. Here's links to the previous sessions:
- Lecture 1: What is Existentialism?
- Lecture 2: "Lessons of Socrates and Abraham - Søren Kierkegaard
- Lecture 3: Underground Men, Inquisitors, and Saints - Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Lecture 4: Overcoming Nihilism After The Death of God - Friedrich Nietzsche
- Lecture 5: Poetry and Solitude - Rainer Maria Rilke
- Lecture 6: Everything is Possible. . . Even God - Lev Shestov