Know Yourself. Know Your World.
What makes you, you? Is it your body, skin colour and personal style? Or are you made of what you know, believe and remember? Are you the same person you were a week, year or decade ago? And how do your life and choices reflect your identity?
Understanding who we are and how we fit into the world around us is a central challenge for humanity. At some stage or another each of us has to ask and answer the great existential question, "who am I?"
Our identity is at the core of some of our biggest anxieties and comforts – relationships, work, home, how we’re valued and what we stand for. At its heart, ethics asks, ‘How should I live?’ Finding an answer to that question starts with a deep and nuanced understanding of your self and your identity.
Join us as we invite charismatic philosopher Pat Stokes to explore the intrigue and ambiguity of identity. Get to know yourself a little better, understand what makes you and others tick and delve into some of the tricky and sticky issues of staying true to yourself in a modern world.
Patrick Stokes is a senior lecturer in philosophy at Deakin University. He is an award-winning public philosopher and writes regularly for New Philosopher and The Conversation. His work specialises in the philosophy of the self.