The School of Critical Arts

offers courses, workshops, and seminars in art, philosophy, and culture and theory.

Upcoming Courses

You can enrol in any course for free, or by choosing a fee structure appropriate for your employment (waged or unwaged). The number of free places provided is dependent on paid enrollments and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Life, Death, and Meaning
Ľubica Učník
August 9–October 11, 2023, 6.30–8.30pm
Lawson Flats
$500 (standard), $250 (Lawson Flats members)
Free/unwaged enrolments not available

Given that modern thought has renounced the privileged position of God, and/or the Cosmos, as the explanatory horizon within which we make sense of our lives, Science seems to be the only criterion of our reality. Wonder and awe-inspiring nature becomes a collection of things that modern science can explain within its mathematical-scientific formula. In our technologically globalised world, the ancient question of the meaning of life becomes meaningless. Transcendence no longer conditions our lives. Rather, we are concerned with our finite individual projects, channelling our energies towards a greater accumulation of material possessions that are the only measure of our success in life. In this unit, we will attempt to think over the ancient question of the meaning of life. Is it possible to think about “the meaning of life” in our modern techno-scientific world?

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William Blake, Ancient of Days (1794).

Instructor biography

Dr Ľubica Učník’s research is in the area of history of ideas, phenomenology, and the question of truth. She is specifically interested in the history of mathematisation and the modern impulse to reduce everything to algorithmic reasoning and datafication.
We acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, the traditional owners of the land on which the School of Critical Arts is located. We honour and pay our respects to elders past, present, and future.