Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza, assistant professor of philosophy, will present â€œPushing the Envelope: Sport, Limits and Wisdomâ€ on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield. It is free and open to the public.
Ilundain will discuss the Socratic pursuit of â€œknowing thyselfâ€ within the arena of sports, where one can easily assess a personâ€™s values, actions and character. Ilundain argues that amidst the intense physical and mental activity of an athlete lies an undisturbed center that offers opportunities for self-knowledge.
â€œMy intent is to discuss and present risky and high-performance sports to argue that these activities may be the source of self-knowledge, particularly when one is pushing limits of performance and safety,â€ Ilundain said.
Ilundain first became interested in this topic when he researched philosophy, swordsmanship and intellectual approaches to performance in the East and West about a year ago. He has found that his work proposes a redefinition of common notions of what it is to be rational, or knowledgeable about oneâ€™s own self.
â€œI think it presents new venues to become wiser in non-traditional ways for people who love to engage their thinking in both intellectual and physical ways,â€ he said.
Ilundain received his masterâ€™s in sociology of sport and his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has previously taught at the University of New Mexico in Los Alamos and Truman State University.
The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.