Turning the Soul: The Hero and Humanities

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"Valley of Faces" Thomas Wievegg

Is it possible for humanities to function without a doctrine of the soul? 

Today, humanities studies the material conditions of texts and works of art without giving an account of the relationship between this knowledge and the soul of the student.  I.e the student is given information yet no instruction on how to put it into action in daily life.

This Olio discusses the work of Freud and Nietzche to demonstrate the need for a different kind of humanities which is not merely materialistic. The conception of the hero plays a central role in Nietzche and Freud's construction of humanities, and within their writings we meet with two different aspects of the hero. There is the straight forward hero who slays the monster and the Oedipus type of (anti) hero who kills the father. 

We will uncover the relationship between these two conceptions of the hero and in doing so, we'll take up the secret battle between instinct and knowledge and the role it plays in humanities today.




Location: Strand Bookstore

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