Illume/College Lecture Series - Michael Kelly, PhD

Illume/College Lecture Series - Michael Kelly, PhD

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Date and Time

  • Monday, April 24, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Serra Hall, Room 200, Humanities Center

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Michael Kelly, PhD, researches and teaches in the areas of human nature, phenomenology, and emotion studies. His book, Phenomenology and the Problem of Time (2016), explores how Emdund Husserl's phenomenology addresses that persistent philosophical problem of the consciousness of time and objects and events in time, and argues that phenomenology's internal criticisms of Husserl's account transform phenomenology and give rise to Derrida's deconstruction. Derrida deconstructs Husserl's account of time to underscore postmodernism's commitment to impossibility of achieving certain and essential meaning. But Derrida misreads Husserl's account and presents a view of time-consciousness that entails the very certainty and essential meaning that postmodernism denies. Having reclaimed meaning, Dr. Kelly thinks anew the time of our lives, those inevitable events of life better understood when our accounts of them address their temporal nature, e.g., hoping, wishing, regretting, grieving, etc.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts heart of the University of San Diego. Our students and faculty exemplify the power, vitality and value of a liberal arts and sciences education every day. To champion the tradition and future of the artes liberales, we have created the Humanities Center Illume Speaker Series featuring our own renowned faculty scholars, invited thought-leaders and prominent public figures to advance the liberal arts on our campus and inspire lifelong learning in our surrounding communities.

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