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Vargas Poster

Cultural Agency – Prof Manuel Vargas

Tuesday Apr 9 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

One’s reasons, values, and sense of what makes a life meaningful are partly a product of one’s particular cultural upbringing. Sometimes the packages of meanings and values afforded to us by our cultural milieus fail to resonate with us. In these cases, how one should live one’s life can seem unclear. Drawing from a neglected strand of existentialist thought, this talk explores some of the challenges that arise from these misalignments in value and life, and it highlights some promising resources for thinking about culturally structured agency.

Manuel R. Vargas is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the overlap of moral, psychological, and legal issues concerning human agency and freedom. He also writes about Latinx and Latin American philosophy. Previously, he was a Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of San Francisco.

Vargas’s research has been recognized with a variety of national awards, prizes, grants, and fellowships. Most recently Vargas and Sanitago Amaya (Universidad de los Andes) were awarded a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation for their multi-year international project, “LATAM Free Will, Agency, and Responsibility.”

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About Department of Philosophy

The Original Academic Discipline Philosophy is the original academic discipline–the first and most basic. It deals primarily with the notions of meaning, knowledge, truth and goodness. It’s grounded in a literature spread over the last 2500 years. To study philosophy is to think and discuss in logical ways such general concepts, the basis of all critical inquiry. It involves learning to construct, defend and criticize alternative positions on the most fundamental issues that human beings have continued to think about over that time. Through this practice students also come to understand the grounds and merit of positions on narrower issues of all sorts, as well as the implications of their assumptions about value and meaning in their own lives.

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