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Being Human in the Modern World: Why Personalism Matters for Education and Culture

02.27.2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Arete Speaker Series

The Arete Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics invites you to join us for a discussion of what it means to be human. Philosophical anthropology-the basic science of who we are as humans-is crucial bridge the divide between the social sciences with philosophy and theology that characterizes most modern universities. In this talk, I will discuss how studying personalist philosophy led me to adopt a narrative approach to the study of the human person in my research on suffering and resilience. Making education person-centered also requires understanding our total humanity. I will share how I help students integrate what they learn in the classroom to the the big and small daily practices that make up a fulfilling human life.

Dr. Margarita Mooney is a scholar, educator, mentor and public speaker with interests in integrating sociological, philosophical and theological approaches to virtues and the common good. As an Associate Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, she teaches classes such as philosophy of social science, religion and social theory, and intentional communities. She was on the faculty of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2007-2013 and Yale University's faculty of sociology from 2013-2016. For her most recent research project, she analyzed survey data and conducted in-person interviews about resilience and faith with young adults who have experienced traumatic life events.

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