USD2U in L.A.: Love, Drugs, Art, Religion

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


St. Anne's Catholic Church

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Join philosophy professor Brian R. Clack for an engrossing look at Freud’s perspectives on love, drugs, art and religion as a way to grapple with the pain of human existence.

Based on the assumption that life is full of difficulties and overwhelming challenges, Clack will explore the strategies and coping mechanisms people have typically used in order to soften the pains of their existence: intoxication, religious belief, the enjoyment and creation of art, and the pursuit and attainment of sexual love. Following Freud, Clack holds each of these four mechanisms were created from the need to treat the incurable sufferings of the human condition.

We cannot guarantee that you will walk away with new means to handle life’s trials, but you might give your current coping mechanisms another glance!

Brian R. Clack is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego. He formerly taught in Oxford, England, and is the author of four books, including Wittgenstein, Frazer and Religion, and The Philosophy of Religion: A Critical Introduction.

Also attending from the university:

  • Noelle Norton, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Valerie Attisha '94, Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences

This event is FREE to attend and includes heavy appetizers and drinks.

USD2U invites all University of San Diego alumni and parents to engage in events that highlight the research of College faculty, explore contemporary global issues, and bring our campus community to you.

We hope to see you there!



Brian Clack

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