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The Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry, or D-phi, aims to enrich Denver’s intellectual and cultural life through programs designed to reframe our perspectives, challenge our assumptions, and stimulate dialogue about human thought, history, science, art and culture. D-phi organizes roundtable discussions, art exhibits, film screenings, theatrical performances, and lectures centered on major themes, issues or questions of abiding human concern. We host both local and international experts, artists, and some of the ‘greatest minds of our time.’
The Virtue of Limits
Philosopher David McPherson will be discussing his forthcoming book The Virtue of Limits (Oxford University Press). The effort to transcend limits is often considered part of our potential greatness, since it is how we can realize what is best in our humanity. However, the limit-transcending feature of human life is also part of our potential downfall, as it can lead to dehumanization and failure to attain important human goods and to prevent human evils. In his lecture, David will invite us to consider the place of limits within a life well lived.
Wednesday, November 3
12:30 AM – 1:45 PM
CAVEA Room in JSSB
Free & Open to the public
"The humanities are the repository of the cultural wealth of human society... They provide us with the understanding, the perception, the foundations for creative thought... And the contributions of the great figures of the past on whose achievements we rely for everything we do... So the question is: Do we want to be civilized human beings, or extricate ourselves from the history of the human species and start as blank slates, knowing nothing except what we saw on the internet this morning?"
Dphi conversation with students at MSU Denver's CAVEA