Vermont Humanities Council event: Philosophy scholar considers importance of self-reflection

News Release — Vermont Humanities Council
May 12, 2014

Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, 802.262.2626 x *302

Part of First Wednesdays at Manchester’s First Congregational Church: A Free Lecture Presented by Vermont Humanities Council

Manchester ~ Philosophy scholar Susanne Claxton will discuss how self-examination contributes to a richer life in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester on June 4 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, “The Examined Life,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. (This talk was rescheduled from February 5.)

Touching on the famous proclamation from Socrates — “The unexamined life is not worth living” — Claxton will explore what constitutes the examined life and how we may best pursue it.

Claxton is a PhD candidate in Philosophy with expertise in Ancient thought and Existentialism, specifically, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Plato. Her particular interest is the role of Art and Myth in Ancient Greek thought with an emphasis on the place and importance of the “spiritual realm.”


The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Manchester are held at First Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Mark Skinner Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays.

“The Examined Life” is sponsored by Northshire Bookstore.

Mark Skinner Library is sponsored by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Café, and Vermont Renewable Fuels.

Manchester First Wednesdays listing

First Wednesdays Brochure for all sites

For more information, contact Mark Skinner Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [email protected], or visit

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