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How to Grow Old

How to Grow Old

Seniors
KPU Langley
East 1540

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Getting old and facing death only makes the following questions more pressing: “How to live (not survive) given death is on the horizon?” and “What would count as an accomplished life?” Confucius’ and Wittgenstein’s answers to these questions are amazingly similar, yet surprisingly odd to many: you should ‘forget’ that you are old, and only then can you truly start to ‘flow’ in the present and lead an accomplished life. But is such ‘forgetting’ possible? In this lecture, Dr. Puqun Li will explore this possibility and discuss what insights we may learn from Confucius and Wittgenstein regarding how to grow old and how to face death.

Dr. Li is a philosophy instructor at KPU. He sees philosophy as a personal struggle in becoming a decent human being, rather than a list of free-floating theories. His areas of specialization and interests are Wittgenstein, Asian Philosophy, and Comparative Philosophy, and his publications include A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics and Wittgenstein on Non-significant Propositions.

America/Vancouver How to Grow Old Getting old and facing death only makes the following questions more pressing: “How to live (not survive) given death is on the horizon?” and “What would count as an accomplished life?” Confucius’ and Wittgenstein’s answers to these questions are amazingly similar, yet surprisingly odd to many: you should ‘forget’ that you are old, and only then can you truly start to ‘flow’ in the present and lead an accomplished life. But is such ‘forgetting’ possible? In this lecture, Dr. East 1540 KPU Langley