Category Archives: Lecture Opportunities

Notice: Los Angeles Theology Conference

Mark your calendars. The 4th annual Los Angeles Theology Conference, hosted by Fuller Theological Seminary, is coming up soon: JANUARY 14-15, 2016 (a Thursday-Friday combo). That’s less than two months away now.

This year’s topic is a good one — the doctrine of scripture. And their convening prompt: “How is divine revelation found in the words of the Bible?”

Scheduled speakers include:

  • William Abraham
  • Stephen Fowl
  • John Goldingay
  • Amy Plantinga Pauw
  • Daniel Treier

A number of theology publishers will also be around, presumably to sell their wares.

For more info, and to register, you can read more HERE. Note the deadline for the discounted early-bird registration fee is NOVEMBER 30. So get on that. You’ve only got a handful of days left. (Additional savings are available for students.)

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Notice: Toril Moi Lecture

If you’ll happen to be in New York City this Monday evening, this will be going down. Duke English Professor Toril Moi will be giving a lecture on the contribution Ordinary Language Philosophy since Cavell stands to make to literary criticism. Here’s a longer synopsis:

“Understanding from Inside,” or Critique and Admiration: Reading after Wittgenstein and Cavell

Ordinary language philosophy, which I define as the philosophical tradition after Ludwig Wittgenstein and J. L. Austin as established and extended by Stanley Cavell, proposes a powerful method for undoing illusions and exposing incoherent thinking. Yet this is not ‘critique’ in the usual sense of the term in literary studies, for the same method also allows us to develop intellectually powerful accounts of our admiration for a text, a film, or a work of art.

I shall show that ordinary language philosophy develops a method of reading which undoes the traditional opposition between ‘suspicious’ (or ‘symptomatic’) and ‘sympathetic’ reading. For this method does not begin in suspicion, but in an attempt to see the question from the other person’s point of view, in an effort to grasp as accurately as possible precisely why the other critic, or the writer, says what she says. The most telling critique will always emerge from the best understanding of how it is that the other can say what she says.

At the same time, this method of reading also puts us in a position to explain, powerfully and with intellectual rigor, why a literary text, a film, or a work of art does what it does, and why a work deserves our admiration. In this way, ordinary language philosophy puts us in a position to explain why we care about literature and other arts, and why their insights matter.

You can find more info here.

Notice: Mulhall’s Stanton Lectures

Today Stephen Mulhall is delivering the first of this year’s series of Stanton Lectures, hosted by the University of Cambridge.

The series is entitled:

The Great Riddle: Wittgenstein and Nonsense, Theology and Philosophy. 

And the schedule runs as follows:

  • 20 January: Nonsense and Theology: Exhausting the Options?
  • 27 January: The Flounder and the Fisherman’s Wife: Tractarian Ethics, the Mystical and the Religious
  • 3 February: Grammatical Thomism: Five Ways of Refusing to Make Sense
  • 17 February: Analogical Uses and the Projectiveness of Words: Wittgenstein’s Vision of Language
  • 24 February: Perfections and Transcendentals: Wittgenstein’s Vision of Philosophy
  • 3 March: Authority and Revelation: Philosophy and Theology

The lectures are available for listening/downloading HERE!