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Public Program - Tbilisi
Lectures on the Self and Society

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tbilisi Geophysical Observatory
150, D. Agmashenebeli Ave. Tbilisi 0112, Georgia

Tamar Tsopurashvili presents "The Society as a System" and Gocha Goshadze presents "Personality and emergency situations."

This event is free and open to the public.


Tamar Tsopurashvili introduces criteria that define social sustainability and the circumstances that allow sustainability to be considered as a system. Discussing the role of fundamental human rights in social systems, Tsopurashvili examines how conflicts in society damage the social sustainability that would guarantee peaceful coexistence. She will also discuss how survival skills work in the "boundary situations,” a term offered by Karl Jaspers in his Way to Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy.

Gocha Goshadze highlights emergency situations that a person may face in life. This includes situations which constitute forced, long-term deprivation of various senses (imprisonment, loneliness in a strange environment), voluntary deprivation (space flight, consecration), or the artificially caused situations of full sensory deprivation. Goshadze will discuss how a human body reacts in emergency situations.

Tamar Tsopurashvili is a Full Professor of Ilia State University and a Director of Tbilisi Savle Tsereteli Institute of Philosophy. She is an author of number of international publications, including the German language monograph Language and Metaphysics. Meister Eckhart’s theory of predication and its consequence for his metaphysics (published in the scientific series Bochumer Studien zur Philosophie Bd. 52, 2011) among them. In 2013, she contributed to the English language handbook A companion to Meister Eckhart (ed. by J. M. Hacket, Brill 2013, pp. 185-204). Besides Medieval philosophy, her interest and research fields include Philosophy of Religion and Social theories.

Gocha Goshadze is a physiologist and psychotherapy practitioner, and is a head of Laboratory of Transpersonal Psychotherapy of the Georgian Academy of Science. He has a background as a trainer of resocialization programs for former prisoners and was an executive director of the project The Future is Yours, which introduced healthy lifestyle choices to adolescents. For several years he worked as a project manager in nongovernmental organization Center for Research and Managements for Social Changes, as a supervisor of psychological monitoring in the International Center for Conflict Negotiations, and as a teacher of conflict negotiation techniques in Norwegian Refugee Council Programs.

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