TEDx Talks – Fr. Neil Frank

Elements for the construction of meaning | Fr Neil Frank Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) | TEDxUKZN

TEDx Talks – Fr. Neil Frank

Construction of meaning is put into perspective in the vast cosmos in which we find ourselves. I present the importance of symbol, word and silence as elements that contribute to the construction of meaning as each person strives for ultimate meaning. In presenting these elements I am leaving the audience with a question of the conscious process through which they progressively enhance their own living. Born in August 1966, Father Neil Frank grew up in Pietermaritzburg. He Attended Raisethorpe Secondary School and went on to graduate with a MSc (Physics) from the then University of Natal, Durban. He entered the Catholic religious congregation, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) and studied for the priesthood at St Joseph’s Theological Institute and at the Gregorian University in Rome. He became an ordained a priest in 1999. Father Frank then studied for a Masters in Philosophy at the Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth in Pune, India. Thereafter, he began lecturing Philosophy of Nature and Philosophy of Science at St Joseph’s Theological Institute in 2006. He completed a PhD in Philosophy in 2014 at UKZN (Howard College) under Prof David Spurrett; dissertation title “In Defence of Synthetic A Priori Knowledge”. He was then appointed President of St Joseph’s Theological Institute in September 2015. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx