Lecture: Forming Identifies of Grace - Models of a Self-for-Others


Location: 210-214 McKenna Hall

Is the self fundamentally selfish? Contemporary theories of altruism presume an egoistic, individualistic, and atomistic notion of the self that Michael Spezio finds inadequate to account for the depth of real-life phenomena. Dr. Spezio discusses new approaches to the science of the moral life using an interdisciplinary engagement of human communities dedicated to love and compassion that model a vision of self-formation as becoming a self for others.

Michael Spezio is Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience and head of the Laboratory for Inquiry into Valuation and Emotion at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. He is also a Visiting Researcher with the Valuation in the Human Brain Group at the Institute for Systems Neuroscience of the University Medical Center in Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.

Responses will be given by Dr. Mark Fox from the IU School of Medicine at South Bend and the University of Notre Dame and Dr. William Mattison of the University of Notre Dame.

A reception will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

This lecture hosted by CTSHF is made possible in part by support from the Templeton Religion Trust and the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.