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Filosoficafé: Jack of All Trades, Master of None? Filosofila

  • Slottet Slottsbacken 8 111 30 Stockholm (map)

Albert Einstein said: “I have no particular talent. I am just passionately curious.” But he was joking! In fact he dedicated his life to physics. He was dreaming physics, eating physics for breakfast, and talking about physics and cosmology while having sex. Most of us are no Einsteins. We are the Ego Trip Generation. We are convinced we have so many talents that we find it hard to choose a direction, we are so creative that we produce nothing sustainable, we want to try all the pathways to heaven and sometimes end up in a hell of a confusion. The world of our anticipations is an all-you-can eat buffet sometimes akin to indigestion or ending in “stress-therapy.”

The Russian moviemaker Tarkovski said that the problem of the occidental world in the last century is that we have spent so much time killing a bunch of masters that we have thrown the baby of mastery with the bath of authority. In this philosophical conversation, we will together think and dialogue about the saying: “Jack of all trades, master of none”. Why is focus and dedication to a discipline important? Can we find richness in specialisation? Can we have a fixed idea while remaining flexible and open to transformation? What are the benefits of generalism? Eventually, can the concept of Sprezzatura be a crealectical solution to our question, a “both-and” line of flight?

This philosophical fika will be orchestrated by Luis de Miranda, Doctor of Philosophy, author of Ego Trip, The Society of Artists Without an Oeuvre (2004) and of several other books. He is a researcher at the University of Örebro and the founder of the Philosophical Parlour, which is currently in residence at the Castle, with free individual sessions offered on Fridays and Saturdays.

The event is free but you need to register with Luis:

Earlier Event: September 20
Filosoficafé: Förundran