Philosophy & Public Affairs Lecture

Tuesday, Nov. 10th 7:00pm in Room 403 of Hibbs Hall

Philosophy will be hosting a lecture, Transformative Experience and Big Life Choices, featuring Dr. Laurie Paul, Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Laurie Paul graduated with a degree in chemistry before doing doctoral work in philosophy at Princeton, where she worked on the nature of causation. From 1999 to 2001 she taught at Yale and from 2001 to 2008 at the University of Arizona. Since then she has worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also held visiting positions at the Australian National University and the University of St Andrews (Scotland).
Her main interests have been in Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Mind. Most recently she has published work on what she calls ‘Transformative Experience’, experiences that seem to make it difficult to understand how we can make certain important decisions about our futures, such as whether to have children, or what sort of career we should take up. She is now a Principal Investigator in the Experience Project, a $4.8 million initiative investigating the nature and implications of transformative experiences, and what they may show us about our spiritual and religious lives.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information or questions contact Tony Ellis at