Philosophy Department Hosts Second Senior Conference on 'Having the Blues'

Fifteen senior philosophy majors will present papers on the topic "Having the Blues: Melancholy, Acedia, Anxiety, Depression" as part of the second Philosophy Senior Conference. Their papers will cover different aspects of the history of philosophical (but also psychological and theological) reflection on this strange state, which can be conceptualized in a variety of ways. The melancholic person is most likely some kind of poetic or artistic genius; the sufferer from acedia has lost touch with spiritual joy and hope; anxiety, according to the likes of Kierkegaard and Heidegger, is best seen as an opportunity to confront one's own existence as radical possibility; and depression is a medical condition that makes us incapable of functioning as productive members of society. It is not insignificant, then, how we conceive of "having the blues," and—above all—to realize that there is more than one way. The students are going to apply the philosophy that they have studied to a central aspect of human existence, especially in our contemporary society.

Friday, March 22, 2013
7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Saturday March 23, 2013
9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Gorman Faculty Lounge
All are welcome!

A detailed program with a full list of all the presentations is available here.

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