Conference: Between Metaphysics, Aesthetics, and Religion

BETWEEN METAPHYSICS, AESTHETICS AND RELIGION
International Symposium in honour of William Desmond

April 19-20, 2017
KU Leuven (University of Leuven)

Metaphysics has gotten a bad rep throughout the last decades. This ancient practice is thought to be not simply archaic as the systematic interrelationship of concepts that fails to understand the twists and turns of the human condition, but also hegemonic, oppressive and just plain wrong. As a result of this point of view, most philosophers abstain from providing a comprehensive and overarching account of such things as being, religion, art and ethics.

Wiliam Desmond

One vocal opponent of this evolution is William Desmond. In his works, he draws on various past traditions and current insights so as to argue that metaphysics does not belong to a dim and distant past. Instead, human beings find themselves always in the midst, or ‘between’, in terms of standing porous in the grand pageant of existence. From that perspective, one can speak intelligibly about the intimate strangeness of being in all its aspects. ‘Metaxology’ is the key-term of Desmond’s philosophy, which is a way of doing philosophy in the ‘between’. Central to this style of philosophizing is a ‘porosity’ to an ‘overdeterminacy’, in terms of a surplus to (self)determinate being, that resists ‘univocal’ or ‘dialectical’ (self)mediation, which in turn engenders a ‘perplexity’ towards such a ‘surd’ to determination. The task of metaxological philosophy is then to stay faithful to what exceeds univocalizing thought by allowing reflection to hyperbolically (i.e. to ‘be thrown beyond’) transcend itself for a metaphysical account of being. Central to metaxological philosophy is then a profound engagement with being (metaphysics), being good/beautiful (ethics and aesthetics) and absolute being (religion). Among the many thought-provoking features of metaxology, there are two that merit special mention since they go against the grain of postmodern philosophy. On the one hand, metaxology cultivates a community in which there is an open dialectics between being, goodness, beauty and absolute being; on the other hand, metaxology does not shun a metaphysical account of that open dialectics, in which porosity between being receptive (porosity) and being active (thought) is of central importance. Needless to say, most of postmodern philosophy prefers to separate being, goodness, beauty and absolute being into their respective domains.

This symposium is dedicated to clarifying, testing and applying metaxological philosophy with regard to metaphysics, aesthetics and religion. The keynote speakers are companions of Desmond’s philosophy and, although critical of many aspects, appreciative of the stubborn tenacity of metaphysical questions. These include: Richard Kearney, John Milbank, Jack Caputo, Cyril O’Regan, Christoph Schmidt, and Sander Griffioen.

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New from Angelico Press: The Dream-Child’s Progress and Other Essays, by David Bentley Hart

Just out from Angelico Press: The Dream-Child’s Progress and Other Essays, by David Bentley Hart (February 10, 2017; 358pp+).

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By turns champion of the Christian difference and voice of dissent; friend to Moley and Water Rat and scourge to those of scientistic bent—these are but a few of the many guises of David Bentley Hart, whose books, essays, and reviews over the past twenty years have established him as one of America’s foremost theologians, critics, and men of letters.

Few have escaped Hart’s withering scrutiny, as he has exploded comfortable attitudes of believers and unbelievers alike. Here he turns his vital, and at times acerbic, pen to matters of truly high import: books and authors—and in so doing ranges far and wide across our intellectual landscape. Writing on everything from Alice to Zen, here are meditations on culture, theology, and politics; on words, sports, and nature.

Disarming, insightful, illuminating—and often wickedly funny—the essays in The Dream-Child’s Progress give evidence of the great gift we have in Hart: a Christian intellectual engaging our world with warmth, candor, and clarity—but most of all, with charity.

Blurbs:

“David Bentley Hart’s advocacy of remote literary treasures and lingering cultural mysteries will surely do much to offset the terrible reputation our universe must enjoy among the inhabitants of other dimensions. No more successful cosmic sales-pitch could be imagined.” — JOHN MILBANK, University of Nottingham

“David Hart is a national treasure. Like an ecologist lovingly displaying the beauty of a rare plant, or pinpointing where to find the real contribution of, or cure for, an invasive shrub, Hart masterfully guides us into the many ways in which humans attempt to express the intricacy and mystery of reality.” — MATTHEW LEVERING, Mundelein Seminary, University of St. Mary of the Lake

“A journey through the mind of David Bentley Hart is always a great and glorious adventure no superlative can describe and no summary encapsulate. Perhaps, then, the highest praise one can lavish on The Dream Child’s Progress is to say it is not altogether unlike another journey undertaken with the guidance of Hart’s beloved Lewis Carroll: it gets curiouser and curiouser with each wonderful essay.” — MICHAEL HANBY, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Catholic University of America

“David Bentley Hart is an indispensable voice—brilliant, learned, arch, and pitiless. This far-ranging collection is quintessential Hart, by turns provocative and hilarious. I learn something unexpected from nearly every essay.” — KYLE HARPER, University of Oklahoma

“This volume is a nest holding many fine jewels. Once again, Hart has shown that he is the best writer on religion (and all things attendant) in America today.” — CONOR CUNNINGHAM, University of Nottingham

“These essays of David Hart, mostly on books and authors, glow with delight in the most human of things: storytelling, religion, truth, entertainment, being alone, other people—and the mystery of language. David Hart is a master. If you have not read him, you must.” — AARON RICHES, Seminario Mayor San Cecilio, Granada, Spain

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Available in the Veritas series: Wealth of Persons: Economics with a Human Face

Available in the Veritas series: Wealth of Persons: Economics with a Human Face, by John McNerney, with a foreword by David Walsh.

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Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century initiated a great debate not just about inequality but also regarding the failures found in the economic models used by theoreticians and practitioners alike. Wealth of Persons offers a totally different perspective that challenges the very terms of the debate. The Great Recession reveals a great existential rift at the core of certain economic reflections, thereby showing the real crisis of the crisis of economics. In the human sciences we have created a kind of “Tower of Babel” where we cannot understand each other any longer. The “breakdowns” occur equally on the personal, social, political, and economic levels. There is a need for an “about-face” in method to restore harmony among dissociated disciplines.

Wealth of Persons offers a key to such a restoration, applying insights and analysis taken from different economic scholars, schools of thought, philosophical traditions, various disciplines, and charismatic entrepreneurs. Wealth of Persons aims at recapturing an adequate understanding of the acting human person in the economic drama, one that measures up to the reality. The investigation is a passport allowing entry into the land of economic knowledge, properly unfolding the anthropological meaning of the free economy.

Blurbs:

“John McNerney’s Wealth of Persons is an amazing tour de force—his focus on the human person in economics not only opens up economics for the nonprofessional economist, it’s a bracing exposition of the philosophy of the human person, all the more impressive when seen immersed in economic action. By focusing on the Austrian and the later Bologna schools’ insistence on the role of the entrepreneur he critiques, on the one hand, an economy overfocused on profit and, on the other, Marx’s (and later Piketty’s) misreading of economics as a struggle between capital and labor. It should be required reading for all students (and teachers) of economics as well as of applied philosophical anthropology.” — Brendan Purcell, Adjunct Professor at the School of Philosophy and Theology, University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney

“This book is a welcome addition to the field of Catholic social teachings and more generally to the debate over the use of economics and its limits . . . The author aims to explain the ‘crisis’ in economics and in the economy without blaming the usual suspects, especially human greed. This research program is sorely needed, especially coming from someone outside of the field of economics.” — Frederic Sautet, Associate Professor of Economics at the Catholic University of America

“McNerney . . . is not afraid to suggest that theological and metaphysical issues are needed to put the right limits on economics. And he shows how this might be done without undermining the integrity of the discipline itself—indeed, how such issues flow out of the discipline and its activities among real [persons] acting together . . . What McNerney is really getting at is a placing of economics in its true place, with the realization that the acting person also has a transcendent destiny that is really why he is doing anything at all in the first place, as Augustine said.” — Professor James V. Schall, Retired Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Government at Georgetown University

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Forthcoming Events at the Blackfriars Aquinas Institute 2017

Aquinas Lecture, 2 March

Our annual Aquinas Lecture will be delivered at 5.00pm on Thursday 2 March, by Prof Candace Vogler of Chicago. She has announced the title, which is: “The Intellectual Animal”. There will be the usual short wine reception afterwards. You are all most welcome; if you plan to come it would be helpful, but not essential, to email me on richard.conrad@bfriars.ox.ac.uk


Aquinas Colloquium, 4 March

As already mentioned (I hope) one-day conference will be held on Saturday 4 March from 9.30am – 5.00pm, on the theme “Aquinas and Newman on Conscience”. Cost including lunch: £10 (£5 unwaged). To book a place email richard.conrad@bfriars.ox.ac.uk

Freedom of Conscience is a right widely promoted, and widely withheld. If, as Elizabeth Anscombe remarked, “a man’s conscience may tell him to do the vilest things,” how absolute are its rights? Do we need to clarify what conscience is, and how it follows from our creation in God’s image, if we are to state its duties, privileges and limitations, and cherish it without idolising it? This forms one strand of a joint research project of the Aquinas and Las Casas Institutes: Human Nature & Dignity: Resources for the 21st Century. The 2017 Colloquium launches this strand of research. By contrasting Aquinas and Newman we will sharpen the question what conscience is; bringing out common elements in the two theologians will promote precision on its rights, and on its responsibilities which Church and State must foster. A paper contrasting Aquinas and Calvin will illustrate the range of accounts Newman inherited.

Main Speakers:

  • Candace Vogler (David B. & Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy, Chicago) – Aquinas on Synderesis
  • Frederick Aquino (Professor of Theology, Abilene Christian University) – Newman on Conscience
  • Aaron Taylor (DPhil student, Oxford) – Aquinas and Calvin on Conscience

A Disputation on Conscience will be held between someone representing Newman, and a fictitious 19th -Century Dominican

Fee for the day, including lunch: £10 (£5 students/unwaged)

The Colloquium is made possible by a generous donation from Prof. Barbara R. Walters-Doehrman and Steven R. Doehrman, in memory of, and with gratitude to, the late Eugene Walters and the late Virginia and Ralph Doehrman, for which the Institute is very grateful.

Further information, & to register:

Richard Conrad, O.P., Blackfriars, St. Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LY
01865 278444
richard.conrad@bfriars.ox.ac.uk

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Aquinas in China, 8 March

Dr William Carroll, one of our research fellows, will give an informal talk on “Thomas Aquinas in China” on Weds. 8 March at 8.00 p.m. Last November he lectured at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and spoke to a group of 800 students at Shanghai High School; he organised a workshop on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas sponsored by the School of Philosophy of Wuhan University, which was attended by 25 official participants from 12 different Chinese universities. In previous years he has lectured in several different places in China. The talk will cover the growing Chinese interest in Aquinas and the traditions of Western philosophy.

For more information on forthcoming events, see here.

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New videos in the ‘Why Study?’ series with Conor Cunningham

Why Study Life Before Death

Why Study Transcendentals

Why Study Phenomenology

 

See more videos in the ‘Why Study’ series here.

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Lumen Christi Institute 2017 Summer Seminars

Now in their ninth year, the Lumen Christi Institute’s Summer Seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition are open to graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and other relevant areas of study. Room, board, and a travel stipend are included for those whose applications are accepted. Each seminar  includes five days of intensive discussion based on close reading of the assigned texts as well as daily presentations given by the professor and student participants. A deep knowledge of the material is not required to apply. These seminars give participants mastery over the material under discussion, both for teaching and research purposes, and also deepen participants’ understanding and awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

For more information and to apply visit, https://www.lumenchristi.org/programs/seminars

June 22-28
“Is God Knowable by Natural Reason?
Philosophy, Theology, and Trinitarian Thought in the High Medieval Ages”
Mark Clark, Catholic University of America
Timothy B. Noone, Catholic University of America
Rome, Italy

In this seminar, scholar of medieval history Mark Clark and scholar of medieval philosophy Timothy Noone will offer an intensive survey of theological and philosophical debates about the natural knowledge of God in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Participants will read and discuss the writings Peter Abelard, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, and Thomas Aquinas as well as modern philosophical engagement with these questions.

July 9-15
“The Thought of John Henry Newman”
Fr. Ian Ker, University of Oxford
Merton College, Oxford

Now in its fifth consecutive year, this intensive seminar will examine Newman’s achievements as theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer. Remarkably, in each of these areas Newman produced works that have come to be recognized as classics: An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, The Grammar of Assent, The Idea of a University, The Parochial and Plain Sermons, and the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. This seminar will approach Newman’s thought through a critical engagement with these texts

July 29-August 5
“Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation”
Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa
University of California, Santa Barbara

Now in its fourth year, this seminar will have students read, analyze, and discern continuities and discontinuities in Catholic Social Thought from the late 19th century to the present. Lectures, seminar reports, and discussion will focus on original sources (encyclicals and other magisterial documents), beginning with Rerum novarum (1892) and concluding with Caritas in veritate (2009) and Evangelii Gaudium (2013). This intensive course is multi-disciplinary, since this tradition of social thought overlaps several disciplines in the contemporary university including political science, political philosophy, law, economics, theology, and history.

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Now Available: Immediacy and Meaning: J. K. Huysmans and the Immemorial Origin of Metaphysics

Now available: Immediacy and Meaning: J. K. Huysmans and the Immemorial Origin of Metaphysics, by Caitlin Smith Gilson (Bloomsbury Academic; 9 Feb. 2017; 323pp+);

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Immediacy and Meaning seeks to approach the odd uneasiness at root in all metaphysical meaning; that the human knower attempts to mediate what cannot be mediated; that there is a pre-cognitive immemorial immediacy to Being that renders its participants irreducible, incommunicable and personal. The dilemma of metaphysics rests on the relationship between the spectator and the player, both as essential responses to the immediacy of Being. Immediacy and Meaning is an attempt to pause, but without retreat, to be a spectator within the game, to gain access into this immediate Presence, for a moment only perhaps, before the signatory failure into metaphysical language returns us to the mediated. J. K. Huysman’s semi-autobiographical tetralogy anchors this book as a meditation, neither purely poetic nor only philosophical; it claims a unique territory when attempting to speak what cannot be spoken. The unnerving merits of nominalism, the difficulties of an honest appraisal of efficacious prayer, the mad sanity of the muse, the relationship between the uncreated and the created, and an originary ethics of antagonism, each serves to clarify the formation of a new epistemology.

Blurbs:

“Smith Gilson is an emerging Catholic intellectual working at the intersection of philosophy, theology, and literature. This book brings to our philosophical and theological attention the later work of Huysmans and uses it as a platform for insightful reflections on origin, time, and narrative, as well as deep engagement with both the classical and modern philosophical traditions. At its deepest, however, it is a reflection on experience and what exceeds it.” –  Cyril O’Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, USA

“Incorporating an impressive array of works of poetry, prose, philosophy, and theology, this book is no mere work of scholarship. Rather, it is a unique and powerful philosophical meditation upon what it means to be human. It claims that to be human is to be responsive, and thus to bear the responsibility for our knowing, our freedom, and our person. Thus, Gilson proposes that we rethink the notion of the human knower as subject. We are responsive as knowers and agents because we are originally the other to the primal Being and Knower. Thus we are not, as philosophy commonly assumes, primarily the knowing subject, but rather we are a dative of manifestation and we are such because we are primarily datives of love. The work begins by explaining the distortion in our knowledge caused by our necessarily mediated knowing and speaking, and promises the way for us to find our meaning in the unmediated by way of a profound interpretation of memory. Immediacy and Meaning thus claims to retrieve ‘the specific anthropology of our own memorial-as-immemorial Other.’ The theme of this and her previous three books interpenetrate each other and recur in various and ever interesting degrees of dialogue: God and man, time and eternity, faith and reason, universal and particular, nature and grace, immediacy and meaning, and Truth and Being. To quote another Gilson: ‘To introduce others to some important aspects of metaphysical being is no common gift.’” – Dr. Herbert E. Hartmann, Clinical Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of First-Year Experience, The Catholic University of America, USA

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See also these previous books by Caitlin Smith Gilson:

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Conference CFP: Polis, Ontology, Ecclesial Event: Engaging with Christos Yannaras’ Thought

International conference:
POLIS, ONTOLOGY, ECCLESIAL EVENT
Engaging with Christos Yannaras’ Thought

A Conference on Modern Orthodox Theology

27-28 March 2017, Eastwood Room
(Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs,
University of Cambridge,
16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX)

More information: tinyurl.com/yann17

CALL FOR PAPERS

We welcome paper proposals (20mins) on Christos Yannaras’ thought, work and relevance to areas of philosophy, theology, political science and related disciplines. All papers must be presented in English. Please send us the title and a short abstract of your presentation (200-400 words) in English, along with a short CV, until Wednesday 22 February 2017 via e-mail to sm2267@cam.ac.uk. You will be informed concerning the acceptance of your paper on Sunday 26 February 2017, and you will be asked to submit the registration fee (£30, covering registration, the conference banquet on Monday 27 March, as well as coffee & refreshments) via bank transfer/paypal/Transferwise. Participants must make their own arrangements concerning travel and accommodation in Cambridge.

About the conference:

Professor Christos Yannaras (born 1935 in Athens, Greece) has been proclaimed “one of the most significant Christian philosophers in Europe” (Rowan Williams), “without doubt the most important living Greek Orthodox theologian” (Andrew Louth), “contemporary Greece’s greatest thinker” (Olivier Clément). However, until recently the English-speaking scholar did not have first-hand access to the main bulk of his work: in spite of the relatively early English translation of his The Freedom of Morality (1984), most of his books appeared in English fairly recently—such as Person and Eros (2007), Orthodoxy and the West (2006), Relational Ontology (2011) or The Schism in Philosophy (2015). In this conference, the papers that will be presented shall examine numerous aspects of Yannaras’ contributions to Orthodox theology, philosophy and political science, based on his relational ontology of the person (later popularised in the Anglophone sphere by John Zizioulas). Topics that shall be covered include apophaticism and Yannaras’ appropriation thereof, the patristic grounding of the theology of the person, the possibility of an Orthodox political theology and contemporary problems in Orthodox theology, the formation and content of a critical and relational ontology, communo-centricism, and many others.

Organising Committee:
Revd Dr Andreas Andreopoulos, Mr Pui Him Ip, Revd Dr Isidoros Katsos, Dr Sotiris Mitralexis, Dr Dionysios Skliris

For all enquiries please contact Dr Sotiris Mitralexis: sm2267@cam.ac.uk.

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Just released: Socrates and Other Saints, by Darius Karłowicz

Just released in the KALOS book series: Socrates and Other Saints: Early Christian Understandings of Reason and Philosophy, by Darius Karłowicz, translated by Artur Sebastian Rosman and with a foreword by Rémi Brague.

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Many contemporary writers misunderstand early Christian views on philosophy because they identify the critical stances of the ante-Nicene fathers toward specific pagan philosophical schools with a general negative stance toward reason itself. Dariusz Karłowicz’s Socrates and Other Saints demonstrates why this identification is false.

The question of the extent of humanity’s natural knowledge cannot be reduced to the question of faith’s relationship to the historical manifestations of philosophy among the Ancients. Karłowicz closely reads the writings of Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, and others to demonstrate this point. He also builds upon Pierre Hadot’s thesis that ancient philosophy is not primarily theory but a “way of life” taught by sages, which aimed at happiness through participation in the divine.

The fact that pagan philosophers falsely described humanity’s telos did not mean that the spiritual practices they developed could not be helpful in the Christian pilgrimage. As it turns out, the ancient Christian writers traditionally considered to be enemies of philosophy actually borrowed from her much more than we think–and perhaps more than they admitted.

Blurbs:

“This significant new book amply demonstrates that the relationship of Christianity to pagan teaching did not really correspond to what we today take to be the distinction between faith and reason. Instead it was a matter of complex continuities as well as discontinuities in terms of practice and spiritual stance as much as theoretical affirmation. A very important corrective.” — John Milbank, author of Theology and Social Theory

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Available in the Veritas series: Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management, by Lyndon Shakespeare

Available in the Veritas series: Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management, by Lyndon Shakespeare.

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“The church needs effective leaders.”

“We must be more missional.”

“Better organization is required.”

Such sentiments are commonplace among Christians concerned with the health and sustainability of their local church as well as the church universal. Over the past thirty years, the desire for more efficiently run, effectively led, and organizationally sound churches has contributed to an approach to thinking about the church in terms uncritically assumed from the business and management sector. This has given rise to treating the church as if it were just another social body in need of better organization. The question is, what happens when we apply the logic of management techniques to an organization that identifies as the body of Christ?

Drawing on organizational theory, theological anthropology, and sacramental theology, this book navigates a path for Christians that avoids reducing the church to just another organization, while providing a vision for the church as the social body where all are invited to connect and be made members of Christ and each other. Such a vision provides an alternative to the social categorization that would define the church by its organizational character rather than its eschatological destiny.

Blurbs:

“Lyndon Shakespeare brings remarkable erudition to his argument for the recovery of the body of Christ as an ecclesial designation. As part of that argument he makes clear that we must recover an understanding of the body that challenges the managerial body that so dominates contemporary literature.” — Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke University

Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management isn’t just a critique of how the church thinks when it loses confidence in theology, nor is it only an excavation of the philosophy behind managerialism. It’s a joyful meditation on the church as the body of Christ, with a life that’s received from, animated by, and ordered towards God. The detailed analysis is meticulous, and the large-scale message could not be more timely.” — Andrew Davison, Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

“To govern the Church by neoliberal criteria of supposed ‘efficiency’ is surely a mode of ‘corpolatry’ that substitutes the body of an idol for the body of Christ, just as ‘idolatry’ substitutes the face of an idol for the face of God in Christ. This new book makes such a case in a very powerful manner, while also explaining why the grasp of secular organization theory by current church leaders is rather poor in any case. Shakespeare issues, in effect, a clarion call to all seriously able and visionary clergy and theologians to now find ways to seize the initiative from the semi-talented and conformist liberal careerists who are so sadly to the fore in the churches, obscuring the real Christian cultural and intellectual revival that is underway in Europe and the Americas.” — John Milbank, Research Professor Emeritus of Religion, Ethics, and Politics at the University of Nottingham, England

“Lyndon Shakespeare’s book is a timely and intriguing response to the crisis of confidence in practical theology. Rooted in a thorough awareness of the latest management fads, the demands of pastoral ministry, and a wise application of the traditions of Christian theology, Shakespeare is able to navigate a way forward that reflects both reality and a prophetic challenge to the nostrums of our day. Highly recommended.” — Justin Lewis-Anthony, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary

“This book is a gift. It is a gift for people who sing in churches, people who write about churches, people who stand up and speak about the Bible in churches, and anyone who loves someone who loves a church. Lyndon Shakespeare has engaged the various schemes for saving mainline-Christianity with patient lucidity. The book takes seriously ideas that have saturated my own denomination, helping anyone who has sat through a strategy or mission-marketing meeting to name their unease. Management-think is not an inevitable, natural evolution of human ingenuity. This way of describing and prescribing has a context and a history. Shakespeare’s close reading of Thomas Aquinas is beautiful and clear: to divide up the body of Christ into niche markets is not only to make a category error, but to dismember ourselves. To paraphrase Karl Barth, mainline marketing strategies have taught us to trade our inheritance of infinite grace, flowing in abundance at Holy Communion, for a set of prepackaged granola bars. This book reminds Christians where we are when we worship God–held together mysteriously, unaccountably, and immeasurably the body.” — Amy Laura Hall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Duke University

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Available in the Veritas series: Seeing Things as They Are: G. K. Chesterton and the Drama of Meaning

Available in the Veritas series: Seeing Things as They Are: G. K. Chesterton and the Drama of Meaning, by Duncan Bruce Reyburn.

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The jovial journalist, philosopher, and theologian G. K. Chesterton felt that the world was almost always in permanent danger of being misjudged or even overlooked, and so the pursuit of understanding, insight, and awareness was his perpetual preoccupation. Being sensitive to the boundaries and possibilities of perception, he was always encouraging his audience to find a clear view of things. His belief was that it really is possible, albeit in a limited way, to see things as they are. This book, which marries Chesterton’s unique perspective with the discipline of philosophical hermeneutics, aims to outline what Chesterton can teach us about reading, interpreting, and participating in the drama of meaning as it unfolds before us in words and in the world.

Strictly speaking, of course, Chesterton is not a hermeneutic philosopher, but his vast body of work involves important hermeneutic considerations. In fact, his unique interpretive approach seems to be the subtext and implicit fascination of all Chesterton scholarship to date, and yet this book is the first to comprehensively focus on the issue. By taking Chesterton back to his philosophical roots—via his marginalia, his approach to literary criticism, his Platonist-Thomist metaphysics, and his Catholic theology—this book explicitly and compellingly tackles the philosophical assumptions and goals that underpin his unique posture towards reality.

Blurbs:

“Philosophically sophisticated but readily accessible, this highly original study shows what it was that made Chesterton so excellent a reader both of texts and of the world as a whole.” — Aidan Nichols, Prior, Blackfriars Cambridge, UK

“What trait do we most admire in Chesterton? I submit it is his vision, his ability to see things as they are. In this remarkably thorough and well-documented book, Reyburn transfers Chesterton’s pince-nez to our own noses. He conveys not just a description of Chesterton’s hermeneutic, but gives us a rewarding experience of it. A welcome romp with Chesterton, the ocular athlete.” — David W. Fagerberg, Professor, University of Notre Dame

“In this work on Chesterton’s drama of meaning, he shines forth as characteristically holistic, sane, joyous, and alert–at once wary of any easy ‘self-evident’ access to the way things are and yet hopeful in presenting ways to see the world more clearly. Reyburn’s book, both scholarly and accessible, is more lively than any work about philosophical hermeneutics has the right to be.” — Christopher Ben Simpson, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Lincoln Christian University; Author, The Truth Is the Way: Kierkegaard’s Theologia Viatorum

“Of the many books on G. K. Chesterton, Duncan Reyburn’s deserves its own special place. Indeed it is unique. For the first time, those wishing to dig deep into the mind of Chesterton, the master of paradox, can follow the hermeneutic path that Reyburn ploughs, in which, page after page, he churns up the surface of Chesterton’s wit that he might get to the heart of the wisdom that lies beneath.” — Joseph Pearce, Author, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton; Director, Center for Faith and Culture, Aquinas College

“For far too long Chesterton has been undervalued as a philosopher, and the radicalism of his thought unacknowledged. Duncan Reyburn’s superb exploration of the dramatic nature of his hermeneutics is thus a timely and original contribution to Chesterton studies, revealing on what resilient theological basis the sparkling epigrams depend.” — Alison Milbank, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham; Author, Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians: The Fantasy of the Real

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Available from Veritas: Things Seen and Unseen: The Logic of Incarnation in Merleau-Ponty’s Metaphysics of Flesh, by Orion Edgar

Available in the Veritas series: Things Seen and Unseen: The Logic of Incarnation in Merleau-Ponty’s Metaphysics of Flesh, by Orion Edgar.

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The philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty was developing into a radical ontology when he died prematurely in 1961. Merleau-Ponty identified this nascent ontology as a philosophy of incarnation that carries us beyond entrenched dualisms in philosophical thinking about perception, the body, animality, nature, and God.

What does this ontology have to do with the Catholic language of incarnation, sacrament, and logos on which it draws? In this book, Orion Edgar argues that Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy is dependent upon a logic of incarnation that finds its roots and fulfillment in theology, and that Merleau-Ponty drew from the Catholic faith of his youth. Merleau-Ponty’s final abandonment of Christianity was based on an understanding of God that was ultimately Kantian rather than orthodox, and this misunderstanding is shared by many thinkers, both Christian and not. As such, Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy suggests a new kind of natural theology, one that grounds an account of God as ipsum esse subsistens in the questions produced by a phenomenological account of the world. This philosophical ontology also offers to Christian theology a route away from dualistic compromises and back to its own deepest insight.

Blurbs:

“In this erudite and articulate book, Edgar offers an embodied account of human existence in terms of hunger, dependence, desire, and intersubjectivity. He does so by means of a sincere and subtle development of Merleau-Ponty’s ontology. As such, he fleshes out the deep philosophical meaning of incarnation that has relevance for both epistemology and Christian theology. He diagnoses and overcomes the dualisms that still haunt the contemporary imagination. We do not realize how Cartesian we are.” — Philip Goodchild, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, University of Nottingham

“Things Seen and Unseen is a welcome and elegant contribution to the recovery of Merleau-Ponty’s ‘incarnational’ phenomenology for theology. It will be read with value by those interested in theological aesthetics and philosophy of religion as well.” — Janet Soskice, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

“Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy is at last beginning to receive the attention it so richly deserves. It remains one of the most fertile sources in recent thought for reshaping the way we think about knowledge, time, and embodiment–a reshaping made all the more urgent by the political and ecological disasters of our times. It is also a style of thought with obvious theological resonance, a question that has long been in need of the kind of careful, insightful, and creative attention that Orion Edgar provides in this really admirable study, which brings Merleau-Ponty’s analyses of bodily existence together with central themes of the Christian imagination—incarnation and sacrament—in a deeply original and fruitful way.” — Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

“In this sophisticated first monograph, Orion Edgar reexamines the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty from the perspective of the Catholic faith that always lapped at the edges of his thought. Once Merleau-Ponty’s notions of ‘flesh’ and ‘depth’ (in particular) are thus freshly illuminated, his striking relevance for a contemporary theology of the incarnation becomes apparent. Edgar’s analysis is both philosophically insightful and theologically rich, and this study makes a significant contribution to Merleau-Ponty scholarship.” — Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

“Things Seen and Unseen confirms the significance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty as one of the principal philosophical voices deserving contemporary theological attention. It also confirms Orion Edgar’s significance as a voice in Christian philosophical theology. The Veritas series has its genesis in the Radical Orthodoxy movement and, since its beginnings, that movement has pointed to, and explored, the centrality of mediation to the Christian intellectual vision. This book is a further substantial contribution.” — Andrew Davison, Faculty of Divinity and Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge

“This is, quite simply, the most magnificent account of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology ever written. Edgar brings to life, in the fullest possible terms, the genius of Merleau-Ponty—the Church should be truly grateful.” — Conor Cunningham, Associate Professor in Theology and Philosophy, Department of Theology; Co-Director, Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham

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Available in the Veritas series: Owen Barfield: Philosophy, Poetry, and Theology, by Michael Vincent Di Fuccia

Available in the Veritas series: Owen Barfield: Philosophy, Poetry, and Theology, by Michael Vincent Di Fuccia. This book contains a foreword by Owen A. Barfield, the grandson of the Inkling Owen Barfield.

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In this book Michael Di Fuccia examines the theological import of Owen Barfield’s poetic philosophy. He argues that philosophies of immanence fail to account for creativity, as is evident in the false shuttling between modernity’s active construal and postmodernity’s passive construal of subjectivity. In both extremes subjectivity actually dissolves, divesting one of any creative integrity. Di Fuccia shows how in Barfield’s scheme the creative subject appears instead to inhabit a middle or medial realm, which upholds one’s creative integrity. It is in this way that Barfield’s poetic philosophy gestures toward a theological vision of poiesis proper, wherein creativity is envisaged as neither purely passive nor purely active, but middle. Creativity, thus, is not immanent but mediated, a participation in God’s primordial poiesis.

“Michael Di Fuccia has produced the most major study of Owen Barfield so far. He shows just why the future of theology may belong to Barfield’s seemingly wilder, but more metaphysically penetrating, style of orthodoxy. Barfield realized early, that in order to believe now, one must disbelieve much of what passes today as accepted secular wisdom. The alternative is some version of theistic positivism, credible only to the emotionally immature. I thoroughly recommend this new book to all sensitive and reflective readers.”
— JOHN MILBANK, Professor in Religion, Politics, and Ethics, University of Nottingham, UK; author of Theology and Social Theory and Beyond Secular Order

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The End of Religious Freedom and the Return of Religious Influence

The End of Religious Freedom
and the Return of Religious Influence

Tuesday 07 February 2017 6:30PM to 8:00PM
HONG KONG THEATRE, CLEMENT HOUSE

Speaker: John Milbank
Chair: Matthew Engelke

Hosted by the LSE Religion and the Public Sphere Lecture Series

After the collapse of modern quasi-religions, religions themselves have been ideologised, while at the same time atheism has become a politics and genuine religious elements challenge secular legitimacy. Once religion returns to influence, liberal religious tolerance is exposed as an attempt to marginalise religion. Decisions about what type and range of religion to allow and favour, if any at all, have now become inescapable. The new political fault lines are metaphysical, but we must strive to shape subtler metaphysical options as expressed by our practices of order, which now, as ever (following Eric Voegelin) ultimately claim to represent reality.

John Milbank (@johnmilbank3) is Research Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics and Director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. He is the founder of the radical orthodoxy movement and author of many books, including Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason.

Matthew Engelke is Professor of Anthropology at LSE.

Religion and the Public Sphere (@LSE_RPS) is a research project hosted by The Institute of Public Affairs and supported by the LSE Annual Fund.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEreligion

Information on how to attend may be found here.

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New from Angelico Press: Person, Soul, and Identity: Philosophy and the Real Self, by Robert Bolton

Person, Soul, and Identity: Philosophy and the Real Self, by Robert Bolton

The reality of the self is—perhaps paradoxically—of more than purely personal interest. It is as important for religion as is the existence of God. Without it, any religious message can only go from nothing to nothing. Worse yet, scepticism about self and soul breeds religious unbelief. Person, Soul, and Identity explores the deepest questions of personal identity in order to refute the modern nihilism which denies the reality of the self.

What is the true self? What is the basis of our personal identity? Robert Bolton shows how the self, with its uniqueness and personal immortality, can be validated in terms of a philosophy that might better be called a universal wisdom tradition. This philosophy illumines issues of life, death, and personality in a way that has never ceased to be relevant, and criticizes a number of theories that tend to negate the self—besides being a timely attack on a lot of nonsense on stilts pretending to be scientific.

Robert Bolton was educated in the sciences and developed a strong interest in traditional metaphysics, obtaining from Exeter University the degrees of M.Phil and Ph.D. He is the author of The Order of the AgesThe Logic of Spiritual ValuesSelf and SpiritThe One and the Many: A Defense of Theistic Religion; and Foundations of Free Will. He is also a regular contributor to the journal Sacred Web.

Purchase: Person, Soul, and Identity: Philosophy and the Real SelfPaper: $19.95Cloth: $30.00

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CFP: 5th International Summer School and Conference – Beyond Secular Faith – ”Politics as Theology”

Call for Applications and Call for Papers

5th  International Summer School and Conference – Beyond Secular Faith
“Politics as Theology”
25th June–1st July,  2017, Granada (Spain)

Organizing Institutions

Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein, Granada
Faculty of Philosophy – The Pontifical University of John Paul II , Krakow
International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient, Granada

We invite graduate and PhD students as well as postdoctoral researchers to take part in the International Summer School and Conference.

International Summer School and Conference

The title of our fifth annual Summer School and International Conference, Beyond Secular Faith, stems from our conviction that only a faith liberated from the conceptual restraints and ideological presuppositions imposed by secular culture – a faith centered radically on Christ – can offer a word of hope and reason to human life. This year our summer school will be dedicated to explore the question of the political, and specifically the ways in which every theology is political and every politics, theological. The question thus becomes, for Christian life, what is the adequate theological form of political narratives? Or better, what form of political practice and belonging does theology entail.

For four years our summer school has facilitated a rich and friendly theological, philosophical and cultural dialogue in freedom, in the unique setting of Granada, a breathtakingly beautiful city that lies at the historic crossroads of modernity and the Christian tradition.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS AND CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline: 1st May 2017

We invite graduate students and young postdoctoral researchers to take part in the Summer School and International Conference.

Please send a short CV and a letter of intent to: secretaria@institutoifes.es

If you would like to present a paper, please also send an abstract (400 words) on a topic related to the theme, preferably on:

  • The Political Theory of Liberalism
  • Economic and Civil Economy
  • Constitutional Theory — the Crisis of Democracy and the Issue of Mixed Government
  • Liberal Culture and Formative Education
  • International Relations in Theory and Today in Practice
  • State and Church — the Question of the Body Politic
  • The Relation of Temporal and Eternal Justice
  • Biopolitics and Sovereignty
  • Democracy and Christianity

Successful candidates will be informed by 8th May 2017.

Seminars:

  • Alison Milbank: “Theopolitical Vision of Chesterton and Tolkien and its Contemporary Relevance”
  • Robert Wozniak: “Self, Politics and Theology: Beyond Ego-Centric Reason”
  • Rocco Buttiglione /Michal Łuczewski: “Conversion and Coercion. The Political Theology of John Paul II”
  • Aaron Riches / David Widdicombe:  “Politics and the Epistle to the Romans”

Master Seminars hosted by John Milbank:

  • Rocío Daga: “Religion in Islam: A Historical Perspective”
  • Zbigniew Stawrowski: “What is Political Theology?”

Keynote lectures:

  • Jarosław Jagiełło:  “Christianity and Democracy. The Relation between Truth and Freedom”
  • John Milbank: ”Religion, Power and Order”

ORGANIZATION AND FEES
Seminars will meet Monday through Thursday, for a total of 4 hours of class time a day. The initial paper proposals will be enriched and revised by the students through participation in their classes, and will then be presented in a conference format on Friday and Saturday.

Accommodation in a lovely Hotel located in the heart of Granada, near the Albaycin, the old Moorish quarter of the city.

Course, material, room and full board for only 350€ per person if payment is made before the 15th May 2017.

Academic Board:
Mátyás Szalay (Director), Marcelo López Cambronero, Artur Mrówczynski – Van Allen, Aaron Riches

Academic Advisory Board:
Carmina Chapp, Rocío Daga, Ildefonso Fernández-Figares, Jarosław Jagiełło, Michał Łuczewski, Allison Milbank, John Milbank, Timothy Mosteller, Teresa Obolevitch, Kirsten Pinto-Gfroerer, Enrique Rico Pavés, Zbigniew Stawrowski.

Secretary:
Eva Martínez García

More details available: http://www.institutoifes.es/index.php/es/noticias-es/ultimas-noticias/1464-5th-annual-international-summer-school-and-conference-2017

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Event: The Politics of Fear and the Shift to the Right

The Politics of Fear and the Shift to the Right

Location: Hemsley Building B7
Date: Wednesday 1st February 2017 (16:00-18:00)
Contact: King-Ho Leung

The Centre of Theology and Philosophy presents a teach-in with staff and students.

Following recent sessions by History and Philosophy departments, this session offers a chance to discuss and debate the fundamental issues concerning the so-called ‘Shift to the Right’:

  • Is there really a ‘Shift to the Right’?
  • Is the left/right binary still useful in the light of the emergence of Trump and the Scottish National Party? Do the post-Brexit and post-Trump social divisions constitute a new political and cultural landscape?
  • Does the language of ‘the shift to the right’ imply meta-narrative of history? Are we witnessing a return to great power politics as well as ‘grand theory’?
  • How does one understand American or indeed Western identity after 2016? What are the similarities between the political atmosphere in America, Britain, Continental Europe and the rest of the world?
  • What is ‘post-truth’? Is it simply anti-intellectualism or is it a critical reaction to the modern idealisation of rationality and scientistic ‘experts’ over affects and tradition? Do the upsets in polling predications reveal the limits of social-scientific positivism?
  • Does political liberalism inevitably lead to a ‘politics of fear’? Can one ever move beyond a political culture driven by fear and the logic of self-preservation?

However, departing slightly from the format of similar events last year, in addition to ‘experts’ such as John Milbank, Agata Bielik-Robson and Tarah Van De Wiele who have taught and published widely on political theory and ethics, this event will also feature contributions from a number of students from the younger generation.

No registration necessary. For more information, email King-Ho Leung.

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The Politics of Virtue: Panel Discussion

At 6.30pm on 22nd November, join an expert panel as they discuss The Politics of Virtue by John Milbank and Adrian Pabst: the fullest account so far of the post-liberal alternative in Western politics.

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Contemporary politics is dominated by a liberal creed that champions ‘negative liberty’ and individual happiness. This creed undergirds positions on both the right and the left – free-market capitalism, state bureaucracy and individualism in social life. The triumph of liberalism has had the effect of subordinating human association and the common good to narrow self-interest and short-term utility. By contrast, post-liberalism promotes individual fulfilment and mutual flourishing based on shared goals that have more substantive content than the formal abstractions of liberal law and contract, and yet are also adaptable to different cultural and local traditions. In this important book, John Milbank and Adrian Pabst apply this analysis to the economy, politics, culture, and international affairs. In each case, having diagnosed the crisis of liberalism, they propose post-liberal alternatives, notably new concepts and fresh policy ideas. They demonstrate that, amid the current crisis, post-liberalism is a programme that could define a new politics of virtue and the common good.

Prof. John Milbank is Emeritus Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham. Dr Adrian Pabst is Reader in Politics at the University of Kent. They will be joined in conversation by Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Director of Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics and Dr Simone Kotva, Junior Research Fellow, Emmanuel College, Nick Rengger of St Andrews University and Marc Stears of the New Economics Foundation. The evening will be chaired by Lord Glasman, Labour Life Peer and Director of the Common Good Foundation.

Tickets for this event are priced at £4 in advance or £6 on the door. They can be purchased through this page, by calling 01223 463200 or in person in Heffers bookshop. Please note tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

DATE AND TIME
Tue 22 November 2016
18:30 – 20:00 GMT
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Reviews of The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future:

‘Amidst the rising chorus of voices calling for the renewal of grassroots democracy, Milbank and Pabst sound a distinctive “blue” note. The languages of individual virtue and public honor, they urge, must be redeployed to meet human needs for belonging and embeddedness while revitalizing citizen participation in government. It is possible, they argue, to draw on the very energies that feed attacks on big government and fuel populism to cultivate instead a politics of hope that joins patriotism with international solidarity. Given the political impasses we face today, their astute proposal merits a wide hearing.’ — Jennifer A. Herdt, Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics, Yale Divinity School

‘This is a vital contribution within an emerging literature and emboldened public conversation around what constitutes the common good. Drawing on ancient traditions it is full of philosophical insight and concrete, practical political suggestion. It challenges the most basic assumptions of liberalism; it is quietly devastating.’ — Jon Cruddas, MP

‘To the dilemmas of late modernity, Milbank and Pabst propose a vision of social, political, and economic order that is at once classical and Christian, but neither reactionary nor emptily nostalgic; a politics of virtue, and of a cultural commitment to the pedagogy of the good, theirs is a brilliant and original imagining of a genuine Christian socialism sustained not by the technocratic bureaucracy of the modern state, but by the deepest wellsprings of human spiritual community.’ — David Bentley Hart, Visiting Professor, Providence College

‘With a characteristic mix of bravura argumentation and telling detail, Milbank and Pabst mount a powerful critique of what they call the ‘metacrisis’ of liberalism across five areas, politics, economics, democracy, culture and international relations, and in each case offer equally powerful alternatives, rooted in much older traditions. Superbly written, bracingly argued and with a reach and range that is genuinely impressive, this book is bound to have a powerful impact in many different academic fields and indeed in the world beyond the academy as well.’ — Nicholas Rengger, Professor of Political Theory and International Relations, University of St Andrews

‘Perhaps what is most shocking – and most thrilling – about this book is that the authors fully expect their proposals to be taken seriously! The Politics of Virtue is a masterpiece which, with a single stroke, both rebukes the cowardice and effete impracticality of so many armchair political theologians, and shows up the resigned nihilism of those political theorists who believe that liberalism is the only game in town.’ — Scott Stephens, Editor of the Religion & Ethics website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

‘A brilliant analysis of the triumph of economic and social liberalism and the miseries these have engendered, especially to the poorest of us. And the first signs of a clear path out of this mess, towards a politics rooted in tradition, history and social obligation. The best political book of the last five years.’ — Rod Liddle, journalist and writer

‘The Politics of Virtue is going to be a vital contribution to that issue [what kind of thing humanity might and should be], as well as a crucial intervention in current political debate. It will infuriate as many as it will delight; but it is a monumental and un-ignorable diagnosis of a critical moment in our culture.’ — Rowan Williams, New Statesman

‘I am in deep sympathy with Milbank’s and Pabst’s understanding and critique of liberalism and I have sympathy with some of their proposed alternatives […] I am particularly drawn to their understanding of the ethics of virtue which they argue depends on the presumption that our lives have a purpose and meaning that is not just our arbitrary will.’ — Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke University, on the ABC Religion & Ethics website

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Interview with Aaron Riches on his Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ

Aaron Riches is a joint faculty member of the Instituto de Filosofía Edith Stein and the Instituto de Teología Lumen Gentium in Granada, Spain, where he teaches theology at the Seminario Mayor San Cecilio. He is also author of ECCE HOMO: On the Divine Unity of Christ.

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Conference: Convergence and Divergence: Responses to Involuntary Migration in Jeremiah and Ezekiel

The University of Nottingham
Centre for the Bible, Ethics and Theology

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Convergence and Divergence:
Responses to Involuntary Migration in Jeremiah and Ezekiel

Saturday 25 June 2016
10.00-18.00
The Diamond, Sheffield

Co-hosted with the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
www.nottingham.ac.uk/cbet

Speakers:

  • Mark Leuchter (Temple University): ‘A Resident Alien in Transit: Exile, Adaptation and Geomythology in the Jeremiah Narratives’
  • Casey Strine (University of Sheffield): ‘Is Exile Enough?’
  • Carly Crouch (University of Nottingham): ‘A Rose by Any Other Name? Israel, Judah, and the Nomenclature of Identities in Crisis’
  • Paul Joyce (King’s College, London): ‘Is Diaspora a Eurocentric Paradigm? Assessing the Role of Jeremiah and Ezekiel in Robin Cohen’s Global Diasporas’
  • David Reimer (University of Edinburgh): ‘There—But Not Back Again: Forced Migration and the End of Jeremiah’
  • Madhavi Nevader (St Andrew’s University): ‘It’s Difficult to Be King when the Gods are Changing: Royal Reckoning in Jeremiah and Ezekiel’

Book your place online

The Diamond
32 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield
S3 7RD

Cost

Full delegate rate – £20
Student delegate rate – £14
Lunch is included in the conference fee

For enquiries please contact carly.crouch@nottingham.ac.uk

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Welcome to CENTRE of THEOLOGY and PHILOSOPHY

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‘Every doctrine which does not reach the one thing necessary, every separated philosophy, will remain deceived by false appearances. It will be a doctrine, it will not be Philosophy’, (Maurice Blondel, 1861-1949)

The Centre of Theology and Philosophy is a research-led institution organised at the interstices of theology and philosophy. It is founded on the conviction that these two disciplines cannot be adequately understood or further developed, save with reference to each other. This is true in historical terms, since we cannot comprehend our Western cultural legacy, unless we acknowledge the interaction of the Hebraic and Hellenic traditions. It is also true conceptually, since reasoning is not fully separable from faith and hope, or conceptual reflection from revelatory disclosure. The reverse also holds, in either case.

The Centre is concerned with:

  • The historical interaction between theology and philosophy.
  • The current relation between the two disciplines
  • Attempts to overcome the analytic/ Continental divide in philosophy
  • The question of the status of ‘metaphysics’. Is the term used equivocally? Is it now at an end? Or have 20th Century attempts to have a post-metaphysical philosophy themselves come to an end?
  • The construction of a rich Catholic humanism

The Theology Department of the University of Nottingham, within which the COTP is situated, was awarded the top 5* A grade in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2001). Nottingham was one of only two theology Departments who submitted all its staff and was rated 5* A.

For all enquiries, please email Conor Cunningham:

To return to the Nottingham Theology Department:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/theology

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New from Angelico Press: The Dream-Child’s Progress and Other Essays, by David Bentley Hart
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Forthcoming Events at the Blackfriars Aquinas Institute 2017
February 21, 2017
New videos in the ‘Why Study?’ series with Conor Cunningham
February 21, 2017
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February 20, 2017
Now Available: Immediacy and Meaning: J. K. Huysmans and the Immemorial Origin of Metaphysics
February 12, 2017
Conference CFP: Polis, Ontology, Ecclesial Event: Engaging with Christos Yannaras’ Thought
February 8, 2017
Just released: Socrates and Other Saints, by Darius Karłowicz
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Available in the Veritas series: Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management, by Lyndon Shakespeare
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