Narratives, Persons, Communities
Individual, group and even national identities are built on layers of intertwining personal or shared narratives. History, truth, values and beliefs are heavily based on the stories we have been told, the ones we tell ourselves and the ones we choose to share with others. Our self-image relies on our “story” and we feel connected to our community and our kin by the memory of a shared past and a common vision for a shared future. Altering a fundamental narrative may lead to reshaping lives (for the better or the worse) for generations to come. This project shall explore various kinds of narratives in an attempt to find their larger meaning and implications and to determine ways to turn stories that hurt into stories that heal.
The Narratives, Persons, Communities project is initially being developed by a small global team. As the project begins to evolve and in light of the events and activities we run, further members will be added to the development team. If you would like to join and help develop the future of the project, please drop us a line.
Shimon Azulay (PhD) is a senior lecturer at Ono Academic College (education and Jewish studies) and teaches philosophy at the Hebrew university. His research focuses on the basic questions of life such as meaning, happiness, death, personal identity, humour and morality. In addition, he is engaged in research and development of pedagogical programs and concepts at the Branco Weiss Institute (Israel).
In recent years, Shimon has dealt mainly with the question of the meaning of life. In his book, "the End of Happiness - Philosophy and the Meaning of Life" (Hebrew) he offers an original and unique concept of meaning that has broad implications for the individual, education, management, and political philosophy. At the same time, he deals extensively with philosophical questions concerning the Holocaust. In the next spring his book "designing communities of meaning" will be published (Springer).