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Philosophy Talk: Comforting Conversations, Part 2

May 22, 2020

How can insights from the arts and humanities help us cope with anxious times?


In troubling, uncertain times, the arts and humanities are more important than ever. Engaging with works of literature can provide both much needed insight into our current struggles and a sense of perspective in a crisis. In what ways do novels or plays help us come to terms with human suffering? Can fictional narratives about past pandemics shed light on our current situation? And how can storytelling or music help bring us together in isolation? Tune in for the second of two episodes featuring a range of Stanford faculty members exploring how philosophy, music, drama, and literature can provide comfort, connection, and a sense of community.

  • Ge Wang on making music across great distances
  • Laura Wittman on Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed
  • Harry Elam on August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone
  • Antonia Peacocke on the surprising philosophy of meditation

Sunday May 24 at 11 am and Tuesday May 26 at 9 pm.