Thu, Sep 24 at 8 p.m. | 75 minutes
Olios: Drop-in classes led by professors
What does it mean to be normal? And where is the limit between normalcy and abnormalcy?
What are "normal people"? What is normal behavior or a normal life? Is being normal something we ought to desire or fear?
The contradictory injunctions of being different, being yourself, and being 'normal' raise questions regarding mental health, and morality. Is normal better – healthier and/or more virtuous - than abnormal?
By dissecting the definition of the word normal, we’ll get to talk about the weight of social norms upon our behavior. We'll also look at the opposition between the normal and the pathological in the medical realm, according to various philosophers including Canguilhem and Foucault.
While teaching at different universities in New York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the academia frontiers by participating in different events open to the general public. She taught at Rikers Island as a volunteer, and regularly gives public talks in philosophy, leading her to recently produce her own podcast, "Can You Phil It?”.
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