Philosophy is often deemed impractical, inaccessible, and irrelevant to our everyday lives. It is also frequently characterized as an activity that only specialists can do. This program is an attempt to uproot these characterizations and reveal an alternate representation of philosophy as a practical endeavor, a way of life, and a public good. Interactive and dynamic, this program is geared for community members of all ages interested in learning more about philosophy as a way of life, why it is (and should be) a resource for everyone, and how it can inspire, transform, and enrich our lives.
Marisa Diaz-Waian is the founder and director of Merlin CCC, a public philosophy non-profit based out of Helena, MT. A member of the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Network, the 2020 Ethics Initiative Project “Connecting Generations through Ethics,” and the Philosophy Learning & Teaching Organization, she presents and contributes regularly on ways in which philosophy can help to enrich lives and strengthen our communities and environment.