Friday, April 25, 2008

Philosophers Convene

Off the radar screen of most of us, this intriguing conference, Postmodernism, Truth, and Religious Pluralism, sponsored by the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology, took place on the Gordon campus April 11-12.
Brian Glenney
, assistant professor of philosophy, whose focus is on the intersection of cognitive science and philosophy of mind, was there. He writes:
"The conference focused on how religious beliefs can coexist in a pluralistic society. The papers advanced a variety of claims: the need for religious beliefs to reject forms of exclusivity; the need to make religious beliefs practical rather than intellectual; the need to 'do truth' not just 'believe truth.' The keynote speaker, Richard Kearney from Boston College, presented the provocative paper 'The Uninvited Guest' about the similarities between the three Abrahamic faiths with respect to treatment of 'the stranger.' All three faiths include stories of hospitality and hostility towards strangers. This paper forms the first chapter of Kearney's next work, Anatheism: Returning to God after God."

1 comment:

Patricia Hanlon said...

Inquiring minds want to know--what's in the jar?