In this installment of “How Did We Get Here?” with philosopher Ed Glowienka we’ll consider something we all want, but can’t agree on how to get: freedom. We’ll explore the shift between classical and Enlightenment notions of political freedom. We’ll see how reactions to this shift inform modern conservative and liberal values.
Along the way, we’ll reflect on assumptions about human nature and human rights. And we’ll assess how modern political societies may enhance and limit freedom.
All told, through this jaunty stroll through history, we’ll gain a deeper appreciation of why we value freedom and of the philosophical positions underlying contemporary debates about speech, privacy, religious expression, and other freedoms.
By the way, this event is free! (We couldn’t resit a good pun. Though, it’s true….it is free…just like all of our community philosophy activities!)
When & Where
This Merlin short led by philosopher Ed Glowienka will take place in the Conference Center in Reeder’s Alley on Tuesday, April 11th.
Date:Tuesday, April 11th Time: 6:30pm – 7:45pm MT (Doors open at 6:15pm) Where: 101 Reeder’s Alley (Conference Center)
Ed Glowienka is a Professor of Philosophy at Carroll College. Ed grew up in Philadelphia, the son of parents who never attended college and who sacrificed significantly for his education. He went to the University of Scranton to study biochemistry, but left with a degree in philosophy with minors in German and theology. He then spent two years working with Spiritan missionaries, teaching philosophy to students from six African nations at the Spiritan Missionary Seminary in Arusha, Tanzania. Ed earned his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2013. His research is in early modern philosophy, with projects in both metaphysics and moral philosophy.
In addition to teaching and research, Ed chairs the committee at Carroll College responsible for implementing the new core curriculum at Carroll. He is the author of Leibniz’s Metaphysics of Harmonyand has twice co-directed a seminar for teachers funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities called “Re-Enchanting Nature,” which explores how the humanities can deepen our understanding of nature in a way that complements the sciences.
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