Who: Merold Westphal, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University
What: Steiner Lecture
Title: “Kierkegaard on Faith and Reason”
Where: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
When: Friday, October 23, 8:00 p.m.
Details: This lecture is free of charge, open to the public, and followed by a question-and-answer period.
This is the eighth lecture in the Fall 2009 Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series. Open to the community, the free lectures offer an opportunity to explore a deeper reading of books in the St. John’s Program as well as other topics. Because Kierkegaard offers accounts of what faith and reason are, different from the accounts that have dominated much of the discussion of their relation, he changes the dynamics of the debate dynamically.
Merold Westphal is distinguished professor of philosophy at Fordham University in New York City. He has served as president of the Hegel Society of American and of the Soren Kierkegaard Society and as executive co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP). He is the author of History and Truth in Hegel’s Phenomenology; Hegel, Freedom and Modernity; Kierkegaard’s Critique of Reason and Society; Becoming a Self: A Reading of Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript; God, Guilt, and Death: An Existential Phenomenology of Religion; Suspicion and Faith: The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism; Overcoming Onto-Theology; Transcendence and Self-Transcendence: An Essay on God and the Soul; andLevinas and Kierkegaard in Dialogue.
The Andrew Steiner Visiting Scholar Fund was created by the family and friends of Mr. Steiner, an alumnus (class of 1963) of St. John’s College who died in October 1991. It was established to attract scholars from different disciplines and worlds, recognizing Andrew’s great intellectual versatility.