2013 Simone Weil Lecture

  • 30 May 2013
  • 6:00 PM
  • ACU Melbourne Campus
2013 Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value

Between Love and Law: Paul and Philosophy

Jeffery Bloechl (Boston College)
Introduced by Jeff Hanson (ACU)

According to Paul, life in the spiritual community aspires to the virtues of faith, hope and love, of which love is the greatest. Love, be observes, allows members of the body of Christ to answer a call to transcend the law, though without cancelling it or destroying it. During the past few decades, various philosophers who have been interested in getting free of a modern preoccupation with law, have drawn on features of Pauline thinking in their attempts to develop new theories of community and subjectivity. What is generally not embraced, however, is any version of Paul's Christian monotheism. This raises various questions. What is gained and what is lost when Paul is read in this light? What might be the relationship between certain Pauline conceptions--especially our relation to the law--and their correlates in the non-religious philosophies that are inspired by them? And what, finally, would it mean for us today to relate ourselves to the law without becoming subservient to it?

The lecture will be given at ACU's campuses in Melbourne and Brisbane. See details below.

30 May
ACU Melbourne Campus,
Mercy Lecture Theatre
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065

21 June
ACU Brisbane Campus,
Lecture Theatre IB.12
1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo QLD 4014

Jeffrey Bloechl is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Boston College. He is an internationally respected scholar of contemporary European philosophy of religion and psychoanalysis, with a particular interest in the work and legacy of Emmanuel Levinas. He has also translated major works by Jean-Louis Chretien and Roger Burggraeve, and is currently at work on a phenomenological anthropology of Christian life, a critical commentary on Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, and various other projects.

Lecture is free and open to the public.
Registration is requested.
For all registration and inquires, contact richard.colledge@acu.edu.au

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