[FL 3163]  Embracing Our Finitude: The Person between Dependence and Gratitude (Lic. – III yr Bacc. )- 21.22

Semester II
wednesday 16:30 - 18:15

Course Information

Professor: KAMPOWSKI, Stephan Martin
Email: [email protected]
Language: English

Semester II
wednesday 16:30 - 18:15


The current health crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus confronts us with the fragility of life. We depend on many conditions beyond our control. Even more fundamental than our susceptibility to disease is the fact that we did not make ourselves. We did not create our nature nor the goods that attract us nor the values that guide us in our big and small choices. We have been born and we will have to die. We live in an imperfect world under imperfect social conditions. Social and technological utopianism remains a constant temptation, despite the millions of victims caused by the disastrous social experiments conducted in the mid-20th century. This present course reflects on how our finitude can be a reason for rebellion against all that is given (H. Arendt), or how, alternatively, it can also give rise to gratitude for the free gift of our existence


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