This seminar explores ways philosophy can benefit from a fuller encounter with the profusion and varieties of experience evidenced by art and religion, as well as ways art and religion can be informed by modes of philosophical knowing and not-knowing.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events 2016 - 17

Daniel McKanan, Harvard Divinity School
Alchemical Ecology: Rudolf Steiner and the Environmental Movement
Indigenous Cultural Revitalization

Past Events 2015 - 16

Rabbi David Maayan
Making the Relative Absolute: Unpacking the Heretic's Intuition in a Teaching of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
Francis Clooney, Harvard Divinity School
Simple, Spare, and Bright: How Poetry Frees Up the Interreligious Imagination
Doreen Spence, Native Elder
Through the Eyes of an Indigenous Grandmother
Steven Pinker, Harvard University
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined

Past Events 2014 - 15

Hannah Simpson, Boston University
Beckett and Schopenhauer: Suicide and Vedantic Hinduism
Jeffrey Bloechl, Boston College
The Death of God and the Ethics of Suffering. Re-reading Emmanuel Levinas
C. Jason Throop, University of California, Los Angeles
Being Otherwise: On Regret, Morality, and Mood
Juan and Ivan Nunez del Prado
Reciprocity as an Ethical Principle in the Inka Tradition

Past Events 2013 - 14

John Burt, Brandeis University
Negative Capability, Fallenness, and Reconciliation in Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
James Noggle, Wellesley College
Unfelt Affect: Non-Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century British Writing
Kenneth W. Stikkers, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Art as a Way of Life: Aesthetics of Existence in the American Philosophical Tradition
Grace Nono, New York University
Philippine Shamanism, Sacred Chant, and Cultural Revitalization: Talk and Performance
Lou Agosta, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
The Multi-Dimensional Approach to Empathy as the Foundation of Human Relations
Dan Zahavi, University of Copenhagen
Empathy: The Second-Person Perspective and the We
Anthony Steinbock, Southern Illinois University
Humility and Pride as Emotions in the Context of Modernity

Past Events 2012 - 13

Emily Hudson, Boston University
"The Imperfections of the Perfect Man: Dharma and its Absence in the Valmiki Ramayana"
Kevin Newmark, Boston College
"Irony on Occasion"
David Hykes
"Harmonic Presence: Music of the Spheres of Being"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Jorge Garcia, Boston College
"Wojtyla, Some Philosophers, and the Personalist Norm"
Adiel Tel-Oren (MD, DC, LN, CCN, DABFM, FABDA, Nutritional, Environmental & Functional Medicine)
"Predictable Healing Against Conventional Wisdom - Are Doctors Ready To Accept The Consequences?"
Eddo Evink, University of Groningen
"Patocka on Love and Sacrifice"
Paula Richman, Oberlin College
"The Perspective of the Prati-Nayakan (Counter-Hero) in a Kathakali Dance Drama from 1780"
T. A. Perry, Boston College
"The Enigma of Ecclesiastes (Qohelet) as a Pseudo-Authored, Transformational, and Foundational Text"
Catherine Chalier, University of Paris
A Conversation about Kalonymus Shapiro, Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto
Two Talks by Kelly Oliver, Vanderbilt University
Michael D. Jackson, Harvard Divinity School
"The Other Shore: Reflections on the Impossibility and Possibility of Literature"
Shoshana Felman, Emory University
“Ironic Justice: From Socrates to Wilde”

Past Events 2010 - 11

Andrea Staiti, Boston College
"Husserl's Notion on Empathy: Its Origin and Its Import"
Hugo Moreno, Harvard University
"Borges' Modal Ironism, or the Way of Ts'ui Pên"
David Aberbach, McGill University
"‘God-in-hiding’: From Loss to Faith and Creativity: An Interpretation of the Origins of Monotheism"
Françoise Dastur, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
"Heidegger and the Other Beginning of Thinking"
Catherine Cornille, Boston College
"The Role and Limits of Empathy in Interreligious Understanding"
Thomas Scanlon, Harvard University
"What is blame?"