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VIRTUES AND COURAGE IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES by Nathan Eric Dickman, 5 Sessions, July 13, 15, 17, 20, and 22, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
In this course, we will look at Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Paul Tillich’s The Courage to Be. We can turn to these classic resources for empowerment in the face of anxiety about COVID19 and social unrest. Aristotle will help us learn about friendship and virtues; Tillich will help isolate the virtue of courage as it is required for our flourishing despite—what he calls—threats of nonbeing like disease, meaninglessness, and death. I look forward to exploring ideas together, even if it is virtual this time through Zoom. I am confident we will have a great conversation, like always. There will be a syllabus and required reading for each day.
Nathan Eric Dickman (PhD, The University of Iowa) is an assistant professor of philosophy at University of the Ozarks—formerly an associate professor of philosophy and religious studies at Young Harris College. He researches in hermeneutic phenomenology, philosophy of language, and comparative questions in philosophy of religions. He teaches a wide range of courses, such as Critical Thinking, Islam, Ethics, and the Historical Jesus. Over the last ten years, he has published seven peer-reviewed articles specifically on questions, thinking, and dialogue in diverse disciplines—including philosophy, psychology, and education—as well as presented at over sixteen conferences on these same topics.