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“Who Will I Become? Self-Discovery Through Transformation”

Thursday, September 21, 2017
7 p.m. Lecture 
Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center

The first lecture in this year's series, Transformative Experience, will be given by L.A. Paul, Ph.D., Eugene Falk Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Paul received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University. She is the author of many articles and two books, most recently Transformative Experience (Oxford University Press, 2014). Professor Paul’s work in this area of philosophical inquiry is groundbreaking, and her work was the original inspiration for this year’s theme.

Professor Paul's lecture, "Who Will I Become? Self-Discovery Through Transformation," will explore the way that transformative experience can put us in the position of regarding our future selves as epistemically and psychologically alien to our current selves, and how this raises a paradox of empathy. She will address related issues involving life-defining decisions, preference change, the possibility of self-deception, and how fear of alienation and corruption is embedded in skeptical resistance to the possibility of religious transformation.

The 2017-18 Killeen Chair series welcomes you to join leading philosophers, theologians, and authors as they explore what it means when we have experiences so powerful that our ways of thinking, knowing, or valuing are fundamentally transformed. Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking lecture.

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