2018-2019 Lecture Series: Persons

(If you are looking for last year’s series, you can find it here.)

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first annual lecture series in the Institute for Philosophy and Religion, we are exploring an idea that was dear to the Institute’s founders, the idea of the “Person.” The Institute grew out of the movement known as Boston Personalism, a tradition that shaped Martin Luther King, Jr. and his generation of young scholars. We will ask whether this school of metaphysical speculation and moral commitment has anything to teach us today. We invite anyone who is interested to join the discussion.

“James’s Barking Crab: Becoming a Person in a Mechanistic Universe”

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018  6 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video available here.

“Why We Matter and Why We Are: The Value and Ontology of Persons”

Marya Schectman, Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois Chicago

Wednesday, October 3, 2018  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video available here.

“Personhood and Interpretations of Embodied Cognition”

Shaun Gallagher, Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Philosophy, University of Memphis

Wednesday, October 24, 2018  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video available here.

“Interdependent Personhood and Relational Ethics: A Tibetan Perspective”

Sarah Jacoby, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Northwestern University

Wednesday, November 7, 2018  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video available here.

“Person and Community in the Age of Anxiety”

Margarita Mooney, Associate Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary

Wednesday, November 14, 2018  5 p.m.

Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

Video available here.

“The World as Person”

Randall Auxier, Professor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Wednesday, December 5, 2018  5 p.m.

Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325