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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

A Fragment of a Philosophical Study of Saintliness

This study aims to continue the conversation initiated by Edith Wyschogrod's advanced philosophical study of the saintly identity (1990). Why do human beings espouse the highest ethical ideals (altruism, non-violence, compassion) only to betray them without remorse? Why do untold multitudes, without any hope of success, in ways that are frequently unnoticed and unnoticeable, serve hopeless causes or engage in symbolic behaviors that preserve the outlines of these same causes? What are some of the temporal patterns (the forms of internal dialog, the vacillations) of the saintly identities as they are depicted by philosophical and literary works? This study attempts to pursue some of the threads in continental philosophy of identity in order to explore the problematic of the conditions of the possibility of saintliness. This study is in its initial stages.

Presenter: Yevgenia Skorobogatov-Gray (Faculty)
Topic: Philosophy
Location: 28 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)