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Lectures on existentialism

Led by Clemson Professor Todd May, a discussion on existentialism will continue from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14, 21 and 28 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

May is Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities at Clemson University in South Carolina. He is the author of 16 books of philosophy and was an advisor to the philosophical sitcom “The Good Place.” 

He is currently advising “The Good Place” showrunner, Mike Schur, on a book of ethics that is due out next spring with Simon and Schuster. 

“Existentialism is one of the most enduring philosophies to emerge out of the past two centuries. It asks deep questions about what it means to be alive and how to cope in a universe that seems indifferent to our existence. We will discuss thinkers like Dostoyevsky, Sartre, Beauvoir, and recent post-existentialist developments. Rather than simply a lecture, we are hoping for lively discussion of important life issues,” said May.

The series will be in the Community Room, is free to attend and requires no registration. Per Jackson County regulations, attendees will be required to wear a mask.

For more information, call the library at 828.586.2016. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. 

The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).

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