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June 6, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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Philosophy Circle

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Explore the place of stories in our society and our lives.

“Community philosophy” happens any time people get together to discuss the “big questions” that are both universal and personal. People of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives are invited to a group exploration of the questions on the theme “And Thereby Hangs a Tale:  Understanding Ourselves Through the Stories We Tell.”

In day-to-day life, most people tend to think of stories as entertainments, less important than "real life." But given all of the forms that stories take, and the roles that stories play in our lives, it becomes clear that we and our world are made up of stories. Stories create meaning, give us moral guidance, and help us to understand our place within the community.

In this community philosophy circle, reflect on questions including: Besides being rational animals, are we also storytelling animals? Without stories we tell ourselves and others, would there be anything meaningful left of us? How are our relationships shaped by our stories about "how we met," "what we've been through," and "that time when"? Is history just a collection of stories, more like fiction than fact?  How do the stories we tell about history shape our cultural identities? Are fictional stories really "untrue"?  What makes some fictional stories feel especially "true"? What roles do stories play in our moral lives?  Can some lessons be learned best through a story? What stories do today's children need to hear?

The conversation will be facilitated by Paul Bodin, Adjunct Instructor in the UO Department of Philosophy and Caroline Lundquist, instructor of Philosophy at UO Clark Honors College.