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Forget Andy December 1, 2009

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Basically, forget ad absurdum. Hard-hitting blog An und für sich have a great book event going on about Philip Goodchild’s striking Theology of Money. Get over there are read. Read the book. Then sit down and have a think.

Goodchild’s work is probably the only set of writings that has persuaded me to signficantly change direction in my thinking. Apart from being my supervisor, he is also the one that makes it most clear to me that doing modern philosophical theology is worthwhile.

And Anthony knows his work better than most, so if you’ve never read Goodchild, this is a good way in.

Final Lecture: the fear of obedience March 30, 2009

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Foucault’s final lecture (whose 25th anniversary was on Saturday: I celebrated by getting a cold) makes the move from Cynic sovereignty to Christian obedience. He marks out the clear differences between Christian and Cynic parrhesia, and then goes through the uses of the word in the Old Testament (LXX), the New Testament, and the church fathers and mothers. His conclusion is that it is basically in cenobitic, or at least with institutional monasticism that pastoral power has its main roots, but that mystical Christian experience – which he associates with intimacy and freedom before God – will always have the potential to resist the more sinister ascetic pole of Christianity. (more…)

Lecture 7: the Other life March 25, 2009

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The seventh lecture, of the 14th March (I hope to catch up with myself and pretentiously post the final lecture on its 25th anniversary) takes us from the Cynic transformation of the philosophical understandings of the true life up to a mode of being that is beginning to resemble early Christian asceticism on a great number of points. That is where my interest in Foucault started, and so the points are more obvious (and perhaps contrived) to me, but he outlines these resemblances and transformations in the final lecture so everyone’s clear about it. So we start the lecture with a philosophical account of Cynicism and end it with an examination of Cynic humiliation/humility. (more…)

Lecture 6: Foucault wrings his hands about Cynics March 23, 2009

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The 6th lecture, from the 7th March, 1984, presents a picture of Foucault the Cynicism-researcher diametrically opposite to the last lecture. Whilst last time he drew wild parallels between the historical movement and the colourful developments in European art, politics, and religion, this lecture sees Foucault agonising – even obsessing – over the historical problems with studying Cynic philosophers in late antiquity. But then he’s back on track again, and sets up Plato’s notion of the true life as a framework against which to examine the transformations wrought by the Cynics. (more…)

Lecture 2: Parrhesia in democracy and autocracy March 7, 2009

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The second lecture continues Foucault’s analysis of parrhesia, and takes into consideration the political context. Parrhesia is argued to be suited to monarchies rather than democracies, and in its relation to the prince, its essential character is to be found. He starts off with some reflections on democracy, and curiously ends up with an almost Trinitarian-shaped account of philosophy. (more…)

Le Courage de la Vérité: summaries March 5, 2009

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So I decided to do what Anthony says and write down some lecture summaries of the latest Foucault course, Le Courage de la Vérité: Le gouvernement de soi et des autres II. It’s a curious little book, and as I mentioned before, eagerly awaited by a number of us, not least because the status of the “ethical Foucault” may depend on its interpretation. We shall see. (nb all the below translations are mine) (more…)

Det Nye Testament: ressurser November 20, 2008

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Here comes my powerpoint presentation for the introduction to the New Testament in pdf and powerpoint formats, for Jesus, again in pdf and powerpoint formats, and for Paul, only in pdf. That should be about it!

Mill and Biblical Ethics November 18, 2008

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Ok, here comes my powerpoint presentation for Wednesday the 19th November, both in powerpoint and in pdf formats. Of course, it’s all in Norwegian…

Abstract October 31, 2008

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I thought I’d put out the abstract for my thesis so you guys can prepare me for the viva. So here it is: Holy Fools: A Theological Enquiry.

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More Pedagogy October 31, 2008

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The past couple of days I’ve been reading up on Kant and sorting my life out a bit. I’ve discovered that both Mill’s Utilitarianism and Kant’s second Critique on Librivox, so that makes good preparation and teaching tools. (more…)