Am I Normal?

Jeanne Proust at Online

Thu, Sep 24 at 8 p.m.   |   75
Olios: Drop-in classes led by professors

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? What even is 'normal' behavior and a 'normal' life?

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.

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Jeanne Proust's research focuses on Théodule Ribot’s Diseases of the Will, both in philosophical and psychological perspectives. While teaching at different universities here in New York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the academic frontiers.


Venue: Online

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