Reimagining Solidarity

Prof. Stephen S. Bush

Professor of Religious Studies, Brown University

Reimagining Solidarity

The Philosophy of Religions Workshop is proud to host a discussion with Prof. Stephen S. Bush of Brown University, a leading scholar on the philosophy of religions, religious ethics, and the theory of religion.  His 2014 monograph Visions of Religion has become a modern classic in the academic study of religion, and his next book, William James on Democratic Individuality, was a novel study of the title thinker’s notoriously obscure political philosophy.  Prof. Bush will be discussing a chapter from his upcoming book manuscript Beauty and Solidarity: The Aesthetics of Political Ecology titled “Reimagining Solidarity.”  Prof. Bush describes the “heart of that project” as “the proposal of a notion of political beauty that is relevant for emancipatory, pluralistic politics,” and draws from thinkers including Iris Murdoch and Emmanuel Levinas, and in this chapter especially, from Georges Bataille.

This workshop will focus on a pre-circulated paper and will be largely discussion-based. We hope to see you there!

November 10th, 4:30 PM, Swift 207

Hosted by the Philosophy of Religions Workshop at the University of Chicago.


The Workshop on the Philosophy of Religions is committed to being a fully accessible and inclusive workshop.  Please contact Workshop Coordinators Danica Cao (, Audrey Guilbault (, or John Marvin ( in order to make any arrangements necessary to facilitate your participation in workshop events.