"Failure and Humility" - A Conversation with Costica Bradatan

Join our event and listen to a talk on "Failure and Humility" by Costica Bradatan, who currently researches in Bonn as a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award winner by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. You are welcome to join a conversation on the topic with Professor Bradatan and other participants after the talk.

The talk briefly explores the relationship between failure and humility. The experience of failure can teach us something important about our real place in the world. When your car's brakes stop working at a high rate of speed, the problem you are facing is no longer one of physics - it's an existential problem. Suddenly confronted with the limits of your existence, pushed to its margins, as it were, you start seeing everything in a new light. Failure humbles, then. Humility is usually seen as a virtue in the narrow, ethical sense, but it can be much more than that: a way of being in the world, of seeing and understanding it. And it can be a form of therapy as well.

When: 6 July 2021, 3:00 to 4:00 pm (CEST)

Event Language: English

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Our Speaker

  • Costica Bradatan Costica Bradatan

Costica Bradatan is a Professor of Humanities in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, USA, and an Honorary Research Professor of Philosophy at University of Queensland, Australia. He is the author and editor of more than ten books, among which Dying for Ideas. The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers (Bloomsbury, paperback, 2018) and In Praise of Failure (forthcoming with Harvard University Press). His work has been translated into many languages, including Dutch, Italian, Turkish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Farsi. Bradatan also writes book reviews, essays, and op-ed pieces for the New York Times, Washington Post, TLS, Aeon, The New Statesman, and other similar venues.

(Photo by Robert Danieluk)


May 2021