Transformative experiences

26 October 2019, 12:30 - 13:30
Cambridge campus

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Transformative experiences are experiences that fundamentally alter one’s world-view (Paul, 2014). They do not simply change the way in which one values one thing over another (in the way that developing a nose for wine might change the way we value the bottles on a shelf at a supermarket), but, rather, they change one’s whole system of preferences and outlook on the world in ways that would be utterly unfamiliar and unpredictable to that person before the experience.

Examples of transformative experiences include: having a child, making a radical career change, losing a loved one, undergoing a religious conversion, immigrating to another country, suffering a serious life-changing illness or injury, or overcoming a serious addiction.

Dr Mike Wilby discusses the nature of transformative experiences and what they have to say about a range of philosophical questions such as decision-making, free will and authenticity, personal identity, the understanding of other people, the limits of the imagination, and the nature of ethics. Dr Wilby explore whether there are forms of collective transformative experience that have the potential to fundamentally change our social and political structures.

This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Event Details

26 October 2019, 12:30 - 13:30
Cambridge campus
Bookings open on 23 September, please book here.

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