How is juggling like being a good person? What does the trapeze have to do with free will? What does circus have to do with truth?
This blog addresses thoughts and topics raised in my Circus and Philosophy class taught in the fall of 2018 and 2017 at the University of Kentucky. Intended for the philosophical novice who is also cirque-curious, this course (and supplementary blog) uses circus as a springboard for philosophical inquiry.
This innovative course is FULLY participatory. Students don’t just learn about the circus, they learn how to circus. Each full week is divided into two classes: one in which students learn a specific circus skill, such as aerial arts, juggling, or acro-balancing, and another in which students investigate various philosophical topics in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, and more.
Don’t know how to juggle? Don’t know who Descartes is or what he said? No worries. No background in either circus arts or philosophy is required. A sense of wonder, a healthy curiosity about the world, and an appetite for adventure are strongly recommended.
You can read a bit more about the class here.