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Scott SamuelsonScott Samuelson:

Kicking the Bucket List

“I’ve devoted myself to bringing philosophy into the lives of everyday people—nurses, chiropractors, prisoners, parents, veterans, you, me. As my hero William James once wrote, ‘The deepest human life is everywhere.’”—Scott Samuelson


Doudna Samuelson Poster

On September 25, 2018 at 6pm, Scott Samuelson presented The 28th Annual Phi Beta Kappa Lecture,"Kicking the Bucket List: Death and the Art of Shining" in the Lecture Hall of the Doudna FAC.


Scott Samuelson is the author of The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone (University of Chicago Press 2014). Professor of Philosophy at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, Samuelson’s latest book, Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering: What Philosophy Can Tell Us about the Hardest Mystery of All (Chicago 2018), was in part inspired by his work teaching at Oakdale Prison in Coralville, Iowa.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear an award-winning speaker address important issues, relevant to us all!

You can download an excerpt of this fantastic book here!

If you are interested in a longer discussion on Samuelson's book, please let us know, and we'll arrange a gathering for you and other interested parties!

Made possible by the Redden Fund for Improving Undergraduate Instruction, and in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.


Press: "Speaker Discusses 'Kicking the Bucket List'" (Analicia Hayes, Daily Eastern News, September 25, 2018)



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