Peter Chen

MA Student, Divinity School

a this and a that: atheism and interpretation

Monday, October 21, 12:30 PM, Swift 200

Lunch provided

Peter’s paper may be accessed here

The Workshop on the Philosophy of Religions is committed to being a fully accessible and inclusive workshop.  Please contact Workshop Coordinators Rebekah Rosenfeld (rrosenfeld@uchicago.edu) or William Underwood (wunderwood@uchicago.edu) in order to make any arrangements necessary to facilitate your participation in workshop events.

Thomas Meyer

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

The Human Condition vs. Classical Political Philosophy: Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, and the ‘War of Ideas'”

Monday, October 14th, 4:00 PM, Social Sciences Research Building 122

The Workshop on the Philosophy of Religions is committed to being a fully accessible and inclusive workshop.  Please contact Workshop Coordinators Rebekah Rosenfeld (rrosenfeld@uchicago.edu) and William Underwood (wunderwood@uchicago.edu) in order to make any arrangements necessary to facilitate your participation in workshop events.

 

Faculty Panel: What is Philosophy of Religions?

Dan Arnold, Ryan Coyne, Sarah Hammerschlag, and Brook Ziporyn

Professors, Philosophy of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity School

What is Philosophy of Religions?

Monday, October 7, 12:30 – 1:20 PM, Swift 208

Lunch Provided

Join us to discuss the question “What is Philosophy of Religions?” with members of the PR faculty. Professors Dan Arnold, Ryan Coyne, Sarah Hammerschlag, and Brook Ziporyn will share their perspectives on the field, its contemporary challenges, and what it means to “do PR” in the Divinity School. The majority of the panel will be dedicated to student questions. All are welcome!

Please contact workshop coordinators Rebekah Rosenfeld (rrosenfeld@uchicago.edu) and William Underwood (wunderwood@uchicago.edu) with any questions concerning this event.

Olivia Bustion: “The Spirit as Plural Person: A Constructive Reading of Karl Barth’s Pneumatology”

Olivia Bustion

PhD Candidate, Theology

The Spirit as Plural Person: A Constructive Reading of Karl Barth’s Pneumatology

Wednesday, May 29, 12:00 PM, Swift 400

Lunch provided

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Philosophy of Religions Panel and Send-off

Scott Ferguson, Zeke Goggin, Lisa Hendrick, Russell Johnson, Hannah Roh, and Stephen Walker

Please join the Philosophy of Religions Workshop as we renew a workshop tradition and send off the graduating and soon-to-be-graduating doctoral candidates in the Philosophy of Religions. Scott Ferguson, Zeke Goggin, Lisa Hendrick, Russell Johnson, Hannah Roh, and Stephen Walker will present short summaries of their dissertations and answer questions about their research. This event will be provide an opportunity for students to reconnect and hear about each other’s work, or to meet for the first time and learn about the kind of work that goes into a dissertation.

Wednesday, May 22, 12:00 PM, Swift 200

Lunch will be provided

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Professor Carlos Manrique: “Ontologies of the colonized body, and the politics of religious edgings (notes on a civic popular uprising in Afro-Colombia’s pacific littoral)”

Carlos Manrique

Professor, Dept. Philosophy, Universidad de los Andes

“Ontologies of the Colonized Body, and the Politics of Religious Edgings (notes on a civic popular uprising in Afro-Colombia’s pacific littoral) 

Monday, May 13th, 12:00 PM, Swift 106

The paper is part of a work in progress engaged in a philosophical narration of a forceful
civic uprising that took place in the main city port of Colombia’s pacific littoral,
Buenaventura, in 2017. Such a narration seeks to elaborate the ways in which the archive,
and the testimonies of participants, from this political event call for a conceptual re-
description or re-imagining of, among other issues: the theologico-political; the
topographies of the social space in which it took place; what a peace-building religious
activism implies here in a hardly recognizable form; the ontology of the political that can
account for the force of ethnic, racial and religious difference that this event mobilized.
This presentation is focused on this last question. It puts into conversation the historical
singularity and density of this event, with an aporia that, in our view, contemporary
political theory confronts: the short circuit between sites of political praxis in which the
political import and force of cultural difference is unmistakable, and the way in which the
prevalent frameworks in political theory to render it legible miss it (be it liberal
multiculturalism, or the contemporary critiques of it that reclaim the return of a universal
subject). The exposition also enters in dialogue with other interventions in critical theory
that have proposed an ontological level of analysis into the problem of the politics of ethnic
or racial difference, such as Franz Fanon’s ontology of the colonized body.

Lunch will be provided

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Professor Nancy Levene, Yale University. “Canon, Repetition, and the Opponent: Interpretation in the History of Ideas

Nancy Levene

Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, Yale University

“Canon, Repetition, and the Opponent: Interpretation in the History of Ideas”

Wednesday, May 8th, 4:30 PM, Swift Common Room

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Kirsten Collins: “That Other Fornication: Jewish Law in the Sources of Foucault’s “Histoire de la sexualité IV””

Kirsten Collins

PhD Student, Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture

That Other Fornication: Jewish Law in the Sources of Foucault’s Histoire de la sexualité IV

This paper examines the implications of Judaism’s unremarked presence in the fourth installment of Foucault’s history of sexuality, Confessions of the Flesh. Judaism appears twice in his text, in paraphrases of the early Christian sources through which he attempts to examine the relationship between flesh and spirit, and the conception of subjectivity that he thinks it has produced. Through close readings of John Chrysostom and John Cassian, both within Foucault’s text and outside of it, I attempt to contextualize these references to Judaism, and through them, to examine some gaps in Foucault’s account of “the relation of the self to the self.”

Wednesday, April 24, 12:00 PM, Swift 200

Refreshments provided

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Matthew Peterson: “Freud’s Paul: Pathogenesis and the Question of Historical Truth”

Matthew Peterson

PhD Student, Philosophy of Religions

Freud’s Paul: Pathogenesis and the Question of Historical Truth 

Wednesday, April 17, 12:00 PM, Swift 200

Refreshments provided

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Lawrence McCrea: “Reading and Rationality in Late First Millennium Indian Philosophy”

Lawrence McCrea

Professor of Asian Studies and Classics, Cornell University

“Reading and Rationality in Late First Millennium Indian Philosophy”

Wednesday, April 10th, 4:30 PM, Swift Common Room

Lawrence McCrea is professor of Asian Studies and Classics at Cornell University. His research concerns the history of Indian philosophy, philosophy of language, and poetics, and has appeared in the Journal of Indian PhilosophyJournal of Hindu Studies, and Journal of the American Oriental Society. Professor McCrea is the author of The Teleology of Poetics in Medieval Kashmir (2008), Buddhist Philosophy of Language in India: Jñānaśrīmitra on Exclusion (with Parimal Patil, 2010), as well as the co-editor of New Directions in South Asian Studies: Critical Engagements with Sheldon Pollock (2011).

This paper will consider the history of the theory of the preconditions of textual study (abhidheya-prayojana-sambandha), tracing their development from Mīmāmsā to Dharmakīrtian Buddhists to Nyāya, where they are imported into Jayantabhatta’s model of everyday practical rationality.

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