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A Kierkegaardian/Thomistic Analysis of Societal Despair

Apr 19

4:00 PM5:00 PM
DC Café

 Portrait of: John HofbauerThe Elephant Can Be Ignored No More: A Kierkegaardian/Thomistic Analysis of Societal Despair

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Please be with us Thursday, April 19th when John Hofbauer, of MSMC Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will present The Elephant Can Be Ignored No More: A Kierkegaardian/Thomistic Analysis of Societal Despair.

This presentation will ponder what Soren Kierkegaard and St. Thomas Aquinas would point to as the metaphysical cause of our current societal chaos. Despair, the usually silent "elephant" in the room of adult human reflection, has been exponentially ratcheting up its influence in the last decade. Since these cultural eruptions are increasingly associated with seemingly normal people, Dr. Hofbauer will apply Kierkegaardian and Thomistic philosophical categories to both the metaphysical cause (despair) and the metaphysical cure (hope).

John Hofbauer is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Mount Saint Mary College. He received his Ph.D. from Fordham University. In 2011, he served as the Chair of the 11th International Conference on Persons, in Provo, UT. Dr. Hofbauer has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, made guest appearances on radio shows, and presented papers at multiple conferences. Currently, John resides in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, with his wife, Buena, and their six children.

The Elephant Can Be Ignored No More: A Kierkegaardian/Thomistic Analysis of Societal Despair  will take place in the DC Café. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!


For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker, please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, or Jen Park, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services, 845-569-3546,

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