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Christia Mercer
Christia Mercer
Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Intoxicating Wisdom
Intoxicating Wisdom
The fabulously clever 16th century philosopher, Montaigne, writes about himself: “I cannot fix my subject. He is always restless, and reels with a natural intoxication." This lecture considers the connection that Plato, Augustine, and other prominent philosophers have made between drunkenness and wisdom before turning to Montaigne's thoughts on the topic. The goal of the lecture is to make you wise. Really.
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Bio
Christia Mercer is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2008 Columbia College Great Teacher Award. She has designed a book series entitled Oxford Philosophical Concepts, which will begin appearing this year and now contains over 30 volumes contextualizing the history of concepts such as Memory, Evil, and Consciousness. Mercer is also the recipient the 2012 Mark van Doren Award, which annually recognizes a professor for her “commitment to undergraduate instruction, as well as for humanity, devotion to truth and inspiring leadership.” She is widely published in the history of philosophy, and teaches courses on gender and feminist topics.