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October 12, 2009

Fear and Trembling! Jon Stewart to lecture on Kierkegaard!

No, not that Jon Stewart. But check it out anyway if you'll be in or near the Bay Area on October 21. Drop by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology for what promises to be an intellectually stimulating lecture. You don't have to be a philosopher to enjoy this!
"Kierkegaard and Hegel on Faith and Knowledge"
When: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 7:00 pm
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California

One of Kierkegaard's main objections to Hegel's philosophy is that it misunderstands the nature of religion by placing it on a par with various forms of scholarship and knowing. Through his pseudonymous authors, Kierkegaard stubbornly insists that faith is fundamentally different from knowledge. How would Hegel respond to Kierkegaard's objection? I wish to argue that Hegel would find Kierkegaard's conception of faith to be a pure formalism with no determinate content.For this reason, it cannot be properly designated as Christian faith since it has no content by which it can be distinguished from the faith of other religions.

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