Creativity and the Good Life

Mon, Nov 09

Guest Speaker: Ted Chiang

In this class period, we will be joined by science fiction author Ted Chiang, who will answer questions about his story "Hell is the Absence of God".  Chiang is known for writing stories that apply philosophical and theological questions to puzzles about the good life.  He's collections have won many awards, and his novella "Stories of Your Life" was adapted into the film Arrival.  

In this class period, we will be considering whether the problem of evil is purely a problem of missing knowledge about God's aims, or whether someone could know God exists but still reject religious faith.  We'll also discuss ways in which speculative fiction helps us think about philosophical problems.  And we will think about the role that moral imagination plays in developing technology.

Details about how we will run this class period will be announced closer to the date.

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Hell is the Absence of God (Ted Chiang)


Innovation Starvation (Wired)

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