J. Jeremy Wisnewski presents “We, The Dead: On memory, mortality, and modest immortality”

Hartwick’s Wisnewski to Present Next Faculty Lecture

April 12, 2016

Hartwick College Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. J. Jeremy Wisnewski will present “We, The Dead: On memory, mortality, and modest immortality,” the next installment of the 2015-16 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 13 at 12:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This faculty lecture will present the view that our participation in ritual and tradition can be understood both as fulfilling an obligation to remember the dead, on the one hand, and actively ‘immortalizing the dead,’ on the other. To put it provocatively: we reincarnate the dead when we engage in certain kinds of ritual performance, and it is in such incarnations that they (and we) find a kind of life beyond death.

Wisnewski has published widely on issues in moral philosophy, applied ethics, and phenomenology. His writings include more than 60 articles, chapters, and book reviews, along with a dozen authored and edited books. His books include Wittgenstein and Ethical Inquiry (Continuum, 2007), The Politics of Agency (Ashgate, 2008), Understanding Torture (EUP, 2010), and, most recently, Heidegger: An Introduction (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012). He has edited six books in Blackwell’s Philosophy and Pop Culture series, and is currently at work on several new projects.

Wisnewski received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a M.A. and Ph.D., from the University of California, Riverside. At Hartwick, he teaches philosophy.

Throughout the Faculty Lecture Series, Hartwick professors discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology, and more. The presentations take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the academic year.

The final faculty lecture will take place on Thursday, May 12.

For more information, contact Eric Cooper, faculty development committee chair, at 607-431-4254 or coopere@hartwick.edu.