Professor Carel discussed the experience of illness and why it matters. Illness matters deeply to how we live our life not only when unwell, but also when healthy. She presented an analysis of the experience of illness, drawing on phenomenology, and in connection with Jehangir Saleh’s writing. She touched on the relationship between illness and happiness and discuss the importance of illness to philosophy.
Tuesday October 27th, 2015
4:30-7:00PM, Keynote speaker at 5:00PM
Heaslip House, Ryerson University
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
7th floor, Bronfman Learning Centre Room
297 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1W1, Canada
Located: 1 block east of Yonge Street, just north of Dundas Street
Closest subway stop: Dundas Station
About the Lecture Series
The Jehangir Saleh Annual Lecture at Ryerson was established at Ryerson University to honour the memory, life and work of Jehangir Saleh, who died from cystic fibrosis in June 2013. Jehangir was a curious, creative and inspirational philosophy student who dedicated his time and work to the idea of ‘opening up’ and understanding chronic illness, finding strength in adversity and establishing creative and inclusive communities of understanding and support. He was unfailing in seeking to find true meaning in every encounter and relationship and he fostered a strong and deeply memorable sense of shared community among cystic fibrosis patients, families, caregivers and clinicians. His strong sense of shared community extended well beyond those connected to cystic fibrosis or the experience of chronic illness to also include a wide circle of dedicated and diverse friends seeking to learn from life and each other.
This lecture series has been established to continue Jehangir’s work and to explore the following broad themes: the meaning of chronic illness and disability, the social framing of illness as hardship, the human significance of adversity in all forms and, finally, the finding of meaningful ways to overcome adversity, through diverse and creative ways of sharing, music, art, connection and community.
Contributing to the Lecture