Philosophers sometimes treat knowledge as something we have when we’re seated comfortably in a proverbial or literal armchair, eyes closed, “tucked away from the world”—the sort of thing that some disembodied mind could do just as well, or even better, than we can. Yet at the very least, this seems to leave out a significant aspect of our humanity: the fact that we are embodied creatures, who actively and dynamically interact with the things that we think about and know.
In this workshop, we’ll look directly at ways of experiencing, of encountering, and of knowing that involve the full, embodied human being:
In our own lives, how do we already know and encounter the world in embodied ways?
How can we deliberately cultivate, improve upon, or develop embodied ways of knowing and understanding? And why would we want to do that?
How do human beings, past and present, know and understand communally, through established and traditional practices?
How might carefully attending to these embodied ways of knowing be of benefit to our communities, our world, and ourselves?
Through all of this, we’ll be fleshing out a view of knowing as practice—and as something that is itself embodied in communities, persons, and relationships.
In keeping with the subject matter, this workshop will be highly interactive and dynamic. Using embodied activities and reflective dialogue, we’ll weave together our own personal experiences with a diversity of traditional perspectives and ways of knowing from around the world, both recent and historical. And we’ll leave with some specific techniques, practices, and approaches, through which each of us can continue to explore and cultivate some of these embodied ways of knowing in our own lives and communities.
When & Where
This workshop led by philosophers Hila Tzipora Chase & David Nowakowski will take place via ZOOM on Sunday, March 14th 2021. No prior background in philosophy is required to participate.
Date:Sunday, March 14th Time: 10am – 12:30pm MDT
Zoom Registration: See Below (Scroll Down) Cost: Free (Donations Welcome)
David Nowakowski is as a philosopher and educator in the Helena area whose professional work is dedicated to helping people of all ages and backgrounds access, understand, and apply the traditions of ancient philosophy to their own lives. David began studying ancient philosophies and classical languages in 2001, and has continued ever since. A scholar of the philosophical traditions of the ancient Mediterranean (Greece, Rome, and North Africa) and of the Indian subcontinent, reading Sanskrit, Latin, and classical Greek, he earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 2014. His work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including Philosophy East & West, Asian Philosophy, and the Journal of Indian Philosophy; as well as in presentations to academic audiences at Harvard, Columbia University, the University of Toronto, Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and elsewhere.
After half a decade teaching at liberal arts colleges in the northeast, David chose to leave the academy in order to focus his energies on the transformative value of these ancient philosophical and spiritual traditions in his own life and practice, and on building new systems of education and community learning that will make this rich heritage alive and available to others.
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