2014-2015 Lecture Series: Philosophy and the Future of Religion

This year’s Institute series explores some of the most challenging and troubling questions in the contemporary philosophy of religion. These include the possibility of religion without God, “naturalized” or scientific views of religion, religious diversity, and contemporary responses to the challenge of modernity. The series begins in the “recent past” with the legacy of the Enlightenment and the critical traditions associated with the works of Sigmund Freud and William James. Then the series expands to include some of the most lively and eloquent contemporary voices in the philosophical study of religion, on topics such as a scientific view of spirituality, philosophical poetics, Indian and Chinese views of ultimate reality, the death of religion, and ambiguities in the nature of God.

Psychoanalysis and the Monotheistic Origins of Modern Science

Kenneth Reinhard, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Director of the Program in Experimental Critical Theory, University of California at Los Angeles

Wednesday, September 17, 2014  **6 p.m.**
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“Can Philosophy Help Us Understand Religion?”

Michael Zank, Professor of Religion, Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, Boston University

Wednesday, October 1, 2014  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“William James Revisited: Pragmatic Approaches to Religion”

David Lamberth, Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Harvard Divinity School

Wednesday, October 15, 2014  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“A Philosophical Framework for the Future of Spirituality”

Wesley J. Wildman, Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics, Boston University School of Theology

Wednesday, October 29, 2014  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“Poetics of the Sacred”

Richard Kearney, Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College

Wednesday, November 12, 2014  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“The Seduction of Daoist Philosophy: What Was Lost on the Way to Understanding the Daoist Religion?

James Robson, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Wednesday, December 3, 2014  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“Religion Without God: An Indian Perspective”

Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  5 p.m.
Boston University
Location TBA

“The Problem of Suffering and the Desires of the Heart”

Eleonore Stump, Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  5 p.m.
Boston University
Location TBA

“Is Religion Dead?”

John D. Caputo, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus
Syracuse University

Wednesday, April 8, 2015  5 p.m.
Boston University
Location TBA

“God and the Ambivalence of Being”
The Leroy and Rita Rouner Memorial Lecture

Jean-Luc Marion, Andrew Thomas & Grace McNichols Greeley Visiting Professor, University of Chicago

Thursday, April 23, 2015  5 p.m.
Boston University Photonics Center Colloquium Room
8 St. Mary’s Street, Ninth Floor