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ENRICH-0676 – Phil/Ethics In-Person: Confronting Finitude (ENRICH-0676_END)

Confronting Finitude: A Class About Life and Living Within Limits

Two years ago, former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm and Emeritus Professor Buie Seawell were working on a book. Seawell had wanted to title it simply Finitude (opposite of infinity). But Lamm insisted on Confronting Finitude. “Dick was a confrontational kind of guy,” says Seawell. “As a politician, he confronted constituents with hard choices, but he was always fun to work with. He was my friend.”

As it turns out, the pandemic had delayed their finishing the book. And then on July 29, 2021, Lamm passed away. “The reality of finitude was, for me, overwhelming,” Seawell says.

He adds, “This class is about the essence of that unfinished book—the need for our culture to confront the stark reality of limits, and maybe for us to confront the reality of our own limits, and live life in the here and now—mindful and grateful for what and all we have.”

Join Seawell as he delves into the idea of finitude. Begin by examining our culture of growth and the ethics of finitude. Then apply that concept to energy and global warming, healthcare and the duty to die, debt and the limits of democratic capitalism. Along the way, consider Copernicus and Darwin, who had a whole new way of seeing the world, as humans began to view themselves and their world in a whole new light.

Four in-person sessions
Wed., Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 2022, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Buie Seawell, professor emeritus, retired as professor of the practice in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at Daniels College of Business in July 2017. He formerly served on the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 8Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $180


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Wednesday12th October 20222nd November 202206:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallBuie Seawell