Paul Scherz, Lecture: "Grief, Death and Longing in Stoic and Christian Ethics"

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Paul Scherz, Lecture: "Grief, Death and Longing in Stoic and Christian Ethics"

Paul Scherz is Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics at the Catholic University of America who studies bioethics, religion and science, and Stoic ethics.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Kemeny Hall 008
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

“Dying today all too often occurs in a way that people say they do not want, such as in a hospital after a long engagement with medical interventions with little chance of success. Although religious ethicists are recovering the insights of the late medieval and early modern tradition of ars moriendi in order to confront this medicalized dying, these same scholars question the value of the Stoic approach toward death that shaped that tradition. Stoic criticisms of grief, indifference toward death, and concern for autarchy and self-control seem to present three fundamental problems for one’s relations to the world and others. Failure to grieve the loss of a loved one seems to be inhuman or at least a radically deficient account of human affections.”

Sponsored by the Dartmouth College Medical Humanities Faculty Working Group and cosponsored by the Ethics Institute and the Leslie Center for the Humanities.

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Aine Donovan

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