May 022017
 May 2, 2017

This symposium will unfold as a focused, cross‐disciplinary conversation about the relationship of German philosophy and theology as they struggle to redefine themselves following the trauma of WW I. Focusing on a number of case studies, the seven symposium speakers will explore how theology and philosophy, the two disciplines preeminently expected to delineate a viable social and ethical framework for modern life, struggle to do so following the collapse of Germany’s political, legal, and cultural institutions in November 1918. Representative trends within philosophy and theology during the interwar period, especially the increasingly important role of phenomenology will form the starting point for the discussion.

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Participants and Abstracts:

Prof. Philip Buckley (Professor of Philosophy, McGill University):

Nov. 2, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Phenomenology as Soteriology: Husserl and the call for ‘Erneuerung’ in the 1920’s”

Prof. Thomas Pfau (Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English, Professor of German, & Faculty

Member: Duke Divinity School):

Nov. 2, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

“‘Noch ist uns das Dasein verzaubert’: Disambiguating Rilke and Heidegger”

Prof. Paul Mendes-Flohr (Dorothy Grant McLear Professor of Modern Jewish History and

Thought, University of Chicago & Hebrew University – Jerusalem):

Nov. 2, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

“Gnostic Anxieties of Weimar Jewish Intellectuals”

Prof. Dr. Judith Wolfe (Senior Lecturer in Theology and the Arts, University of St. Andrews):

Nov. 3, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

“The inheritance of eschatological thought in inter-war philosophy”

Prof. Cyril O’Regan (Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame):

Nov. 3, 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

“Balthasar: Apocalypse and the Eclipse of Nietzsche”

Prof. John Betz (Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame):

Nov. 3, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

“The analogia entis as a Catholic panacea? Erich Przywara’s interventions in the philosophy and theology of the 1920s”

Prof. Dr. Dr. Holger Zaborowski (History of Philosophy & Ethics, Vallendar Philosophical-

Theological University):

Nov. 3, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

“Liturgy, Antinomy, and Freedom: Guardini’s Phenomenology of Religion”

*Beverages and refreshments will be provided prior to the first session and during breaks.

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Sponsored by Arts & Sciences Research Council; Germanic Language & Literatures; Franklin Humanities Institute; Office of Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies; Religions & Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics; Program in Political Theory; Division of Theology – Duke Divinity School; Program in Literature & Theory; Department of History; Department of Religion