Royal Institute of Philosophy Cardiff Annual Lecture 2021
– Professor Richard Moran, Harvard University –
Monday 18th October, 8.30pm - 10.00pm (UK time)
The lecture was given live on YouTube. The recording is now available to watch. It includes discussion with Dr Sophie Archer and responses to audience questions.
Certain philosophies (both Western and Eastern) describe us as prone to forms of attachment that are illusory, and promise to indemnify us against the hazards of life by exposing such illusions. The more we can conceive of what really matters in life as something purely internal to ourselves, the less we will see ourselves as hostage to fortune.
One such hazard is that of transience and temporal life itself, and it is sometimes urged that since the Present is the only genuine Reality, attachments to the Past or the Future are forms of illusion we can and should be free of. This talk raises some questions about the ideal of “living in the present” and escaping the contingencies and loss that are part of temporal life.
This event was produced by Cardiff University and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.