Keith Ansell-Pearson/ Simon Glendinning

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Thursday 11 October, 6.30 – 8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Keith Ansell-Pearson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Chair: Simon Glendinning, Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE and Director of the Forum for European Philosophy

In the conclusion to his book The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (1932) Bergson states that human beings are now confronted with a special kind of question, namely, whether they wish to go on living or not. We are invited to assume a special kind of responsibility: not simply to decide in favour of ‘living’ but to make the effort to fulfil the function of the universe and become like gods. This lecture reflected on why Bergson asks these questions and considered their significance for today.