Monday, April 5, 2010

Thursday at Duke Divinity // Jean-Luc Marion on "Saint Augustine, or the Impossibility of a Cogito and the Certitude of Desire”

New Creation is very excited to help get the word out about a hugely anticipated lecture by one of the world's leading philosophers and Catholic theologians, Jean-Luc Marion. Marion's lecture on "Saint Augustine, or the impossibility of a Cogito and the Certitude of Desire" will occur at 5:15pm on Thursday April 8th in room 0016W at Duke Divinity School. Marion's work has often directly or indirectly engaged theology with aesthetics, particularly in such seminal books as God Without Being and In Excess: Studies of Saturated Phenomena.

Read Duke Divinity School's press release below for more information.


Jean-Luc Marion will present “Saint Augustine, or the Impossibility of a Cogito and the Certitude of Desire” from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on April 8 in Room 0016 Westbrook.

Marion is professor of the philosophy of religions and of theology at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School, and professor of philosophy at the University of Paris IV — the Sorbonne; he was elected to the Académie Française in 2008, and is among the most eminent Catholic philosophers working today. He works in phenomenology, early modern philosophy (especially Descartes), Greek and Latin patristics, aesthetics, and (anti)-metaphysics. The most recent of his books to appear in English is “The Erotic Phenomenon” (2007); the most recent to appear in French is “Au lieu de soi: l’approche de Saint Augustin” (1st ed. 2008; 2d ed. 2009; English translation in progress).

Duke Divinity School’s Professor Paul J. Griffiths will offer a brief response to the lecture, and there will be opportunity for discussion. Refreshments will be served following the lecture and discussion. For details about the lectures, contact Griffiths.

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