We will close out our workshop this year with a talk by Naomi Fisher, Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy (and co-organizer of this workshop). The talk, entitled “Freedom, Knowledge, and the Productive Activity of Nature: Schelling’s Naturphilosophic Epistemology”, will take place on Tuesday, April 22nd at 3:30 pm in 107 O’Shaughnessy Hall. Refreshments will be provided.
We are happy to announce that Joshua Robinson will be giving a talk on Monday, April 7th at 3 pm in 107 O’Shaughnessy, entitled Emanation, Creation ex nihilo, or tertium quid?: Proclus, Nicholas of Methone, and Dionysius the Areopagite. The abstract can be found below.
Refreshments will be available. Hope you see you there!
Nicholas of Methone’s 12th-century Refutation of Proclus’ Elements of Theologyconfronts Proclus’ doctrine of emanation, understood as the automatic and hierarchically mediated procession of all beings from the One, with the Christian doctrine of creation, understood as God’s freely willed and direct production of all beings “from not being.” In the service of his Refutation, Nicholas appeals repeatedly to Dionysius the Areopagite as one of his primary authorities, particularly in order to defend the doctrine of the Trinity by an appeal to apophatic theology, contending on the one hand that Proclus fails to recognize God’s transcendence and inaccessibility to understanding, and on the other hand that only the doctrine of creation and the causal transcendence it implies can ground a properly apophatic theology. Ironically, however, the stark opposition that Nicholas sees between Creation and Emanation is complicated precisely by Dionysius’ conception of God’s relation to the world, for while Dionysius agrees with Nicholas on the one hand in rejecting a hierarchy of mediating productive causes, on the other hand Dionysius is closer to Proclus (1) in employing emanative language (e.g. “procession”) for God’s causation of the world, (2) in making no mention at all of creation “from not being,” and (3) in saying, as Proclus does, that God produces the world “by mere being,” rather than insisting, as Nicholas does, that creation is a divinely willed act. Dionysius’ intermediate position between Proclus and Nicholas invites a reassessment of the often-presumed identification of Christian teaching with Creation ex nihilo and against Emanation. It would seem that either we must deny that Dionysius’ view is Christian, or we must be prepared to envision a Christian emanationism amongst the spectrum of possible views.
Unfortunately we must reschedule the talk for a later date. We are looking forward to Professor Dutt’s workshop in April!
Dr. Douglas Hedley, professor at Claire College, Cambridge and current Templeton fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, will be leading a workshop this Thursday, February 20th at 3:30 pm in 107 O’Shaughnessy Hall. His talk, entitled “Plotinus and Images of Beauty” will be followed by discussion and refreshments. Please join us!
We are excited to announce our Spring program! Coming up on February 20th at 3:30 pm we will have a workshop by Douglas Hedley, Reader in Hermeneutics and Metaphysics at the University of Cambridge. On March 18th our own Carsten Dutt, Professor of German, will give a talk entitled “What is interpretive knowledge?”. Later in the Spring we will have Joshua Robinson from the Medieval Institute and Naomi Fisher from the Philosophy Department giving workshops. Details to follow!
We are honoured to have our own Prof. Karl Ameriks lead a workshop this coming Wednesday, November 6th at 3 pm in 201 O’Shaughnessy Hall. Karl is the McMahon-Hanks Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame; he works in the areas of modern and continental philosophy. For more information on Prof. Ameriks’ work, visit: https://philosophy.nd.edu/people/faculty/karl-ameriks/.
His talk, entitled “History, Succession, and German Romanticism: Schlegel and Holderlin” will be followed by a discussion period. Refreshments will be provided.
We are pleased to announce a workshop by Adam Foley, from the History Department here at Notre Dame. The title of his talk is “Das Verlorne Paradies: Milton’s Epic in Eighteenth-Century German Poetics”. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 16th at 4:30 pm in 110 O’Shaughnessy Hall. Refreshments will be provided.
Upcoming on Wednesday the 16th of October at 4:30 pm, Adam Foley, a PhD candidate in History here at Notre Dame will be giving a workshop on Kant and Milton.
And the final talk of the semester will be by Karl Ameriks, McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy here at Notre Dame, on Wednesday, November 6th at 3:00 pm.
We are happy to announce a workshop led by Joe Brutto, Ph.D. candidate in the Notre Dame Department of Political Science, entitled “Aristotelian Liberalism: Aristotle’s Political Thought in the 20th Century.” His talk will take place September 25th at 3:30 pm in 110 O’Shaughnessy Hall, discussion to follow. Refreshments will be available.
We are pleased to announce that Dieter Sturma from the University of Bonn will be giving his talk entitled “The Nature of Self-Consciousness. Reconstructing German Idealism” on Wednesday, September 11th at 3pm. The workshop will take place in 119 O’Shaughnessy Hall. Refreshments will be served.
Dieter Sturma is a Professor of Philosophy at Universität Bonn as well as the director of multiple research centers in Germany. His work focuses on ethical issues in the biological sciences as well as on Rousseau and German Idealism. To learn more about Dieter Sturma one can visit his page on the Uni-Bonn website here.