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Philosophy and Religious Studies

College of Arts and Humanities

Please join us for the Winter 2018 Colloquium with Dr. Jeff Dippmann

Winter 2018 Colloquium

The Dao of Self-Discovery: Adventures with Gao and Pirsig
Dr. Jeffrey Dippmann
Wednesday, February 21, 4:00 PM, Black Hall 151


We will compare and contrast the use of travel and journeying as metaphors
for the search for the self in two classic novels: Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art
of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) and Gao Xingjian’s Lingshan/Soul Mountain
(1990/2000). Each work draws upon a rich treasury of Buddhist and Daoist
imagery, symbolism, and philosophical insights to take the reader on the path
of personal self-discovery. Both authors began writing their work following
life-changing, traumatic events which subsequently propelled them along their
individual journeys. While American and Chinese respectively, the two authors
share a common sense of purporse, humanity, and longing to come to terms
with life and their place in the world.


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