The Teacher
Professor Sean Kelly (Harvard University)

June 21, 2017, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Lochlann Quinn School of Business, University College Dublin

Lochlann Quinn School of Business
University College Dublin Belfield

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Seamas Kelly
University College Dublin

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I’m very happy to say that Seán D. Kelly is with us in UCD this month, in his role as a Visiting Professor at the College of Business.  

Seán will be giving a public lecture on Wednesday 21 June at 3pm, in the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business, Belfield.  His talk will be entitled, “The Teacher”, and you can find more details below.

All welcome, but please register here.

With good wishes

Séamas Kelly, UCD


The Teacher

Sean D. Kelly

Harvard University

History is filled with famous teachers: Socrates, Jesus, Hubert Dreyfus. But what makes a teacher successful? Each way of teaching hides within it an incipient view of what it is to be a teacher, what it is to be a learner, and what it is to be a being – the human being – who is capable of both. This paper will explore three theories of teaching, and the theories of being human that motivate them. Looking through the lens of Søren Kierkegaard’s fascination with Socrates and Jesus, and drawing on my own experience with Dreyfus, I will argue that Dreyfus’ practice of teaching combines elements of both Socrates’ notion of a transformation of understanding and Jesus’ notion of re-birth, but resituates them in the context of a deep and redeeming commitment to the finitude of human existence. 

Sean Dorrance Kelly is the Theresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He served as Chair of the Philosophy Department at Harvard from 2009-2015. Before arriving at Harvard, Kelly taught at Stanford and Princeton, and he was a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. His work focuses on various aspects of the philosophical, phenomenological, and cognitive neuroscientific nature of human experience.  Kelly has published articles in numerous journals and anthologies and has received fellowships or awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the NSF and the James S. McDonnell Foundation, among others.  His book, All Things Shining:  Reading the Western Canon to Find Meaning in Our Secular Age, jointly written with Hubert Dreyfus, was a New York Times bestseller.

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