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The Grandeur of Reason: Conference April 8, 2008

Posted by Andy in Idea History, liberation theology, philosophy, theology.
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The Call for papers is now out for this conference which looks rather exciting:

1-4th September

I am assured that women are also welcome, but obviously shouldn’t expect to be attributed any significant role. It is still a little uncertain what these speakers will have to say in response to the pope’s (in-)famous Regensburg address, but if they do respond to it (as the papers are meant to), then it should be an extremely exciting conference.

The call for papers is interesting and thought provoking, and since I am currently considering contributing something to it, I hope to suggest some inroads to the topic over the next few weeks. Any comments, suggestions, or sneak peaks of what you might say should you give a paper on the call, would be welcome.

If nothing else, it should turn out to be a great social event for friends and associates of the Centre of Philosophy and Theology! And hey, the poster’s pretty.


1. Anthony Paul Smith - April 9, 2008

‘I am assured that women are also welcome, but obviously shouldn’t expect to be attributed any significant role.’

Ha! That’s great. I would hurry on getting your proposal in since it looks like Conor is already accepting people prior to the deadline date. See: http://timothywstanley.com/blog/the-grandeur-of-reason-rome-2008.html

2. michaeloneillburns - April 9, 2008

can’t wait to hang out again at this.

also, i got reminded of one of your questions at the conference when i saw a (french) book on kierkegaard and kafka…where would you recommend i start reading kafka?

hope you’re well sir.

3. augustinian - April 9, 2008

Wow. Nice one Conor. But Michael gave me the impression that some people are being “ordered in” and some people will respond directly on the call for papers, so that might be the difference. Certainly Timothy Stanley’s paper didn’t sound anything like the call…

As to Kafka, I’m afraid my interest is definitely not (yet!) a professional one. But I would definitely not start with collections of his short stories. It sounds like a lite option, but can really freak you out. Ease yourself in with something like the Trial (which includes the famous parable about the Law). And there’s no shame in reading it in translation! I’m not sure about his other stuff, but believe the Castle is also fairly accessible.

Hope to post some ruminations on the call soon…

4. Anthony Paul Smith - April 9, 2008

Would Conor order in a recent PhD graduate though? I don’t know.

So this whole time I didn’t realize you were doing your PhD at Nottingham. Or that we share the same adviser. Would you mind dropping me an email at anthonypaul[dot]smith[at]gmail[dot]com? I have a few questions about internal review that I think you might be able to answer from a student’s perspective.

5. Sue - June 4, 2008

Sounds and looks very much like the tower of babble/babel to me.

6. Niels Valdemar Vinding - August 18, 2008

Did Remi Brague cancel? I see his name on the poster on this page, but not in the site of the conference? Does anyone know?

7. Anthony Paul Smith - August 21, 2008


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