Berkeley Arts & Letters: PHILOSOPHY FOR A COMPLEX LIFE
PHILOSOPHY FOR A COMPLEX LIFE
MARK VERNON and ASTRA TAYLOR
How easy it is to feel disenchanted by modern day living: credit crunches, wars, global warming, and unemployment, disasters, reality TV, isolation by technology. Writer and theologian Mark Vernon offers an antidote --considering that if we want to solve the problems of the present, there is no better resource than the past. Vernon engages in discussion this evening with film maker (director of the award0winning Zizek!) and writer Astra Taylor as they apply the philosophy of the ancients to our twenty-first-century existence.
Mark Vernon is a writer, journalist, and broadcaster in the UK as well as a regular contributor to BBC radio, TV and âThe Guardian". He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England, and after a crisis of faith, was eventually led to the philosophy of the ancient Greeks, which he felt offered a different way of life. Vernon now writes on philosophy and edits a series called "The Art of Living." He is the author of numerous books, including Platoâs Podcasts: The Ancientsâ Guide to Modern Living, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Astra Taylor holds an MA in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research and has been an instructor in sociology departments at the University of Georgia and State University of New York where she has taught classes on social theory, globalization, and the sociology of film. Her writing has appeared in the Monthly Review, The Nation, Adbusters, Salon, The Baffler, and Bomb Magazine. She is the director of Zizek!, a feature documentary about the worldâs most famous philosopher. She is the author of Examined Life: Exursions with Contemporary Thinkers.
7:30 PM @ Grace North Church(2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley)** PLEASE NOTE: THE VENUE HAS CHANGED*
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Grace North Church
2138 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
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