Responses to the Enlightenment Book Launch

Hendrik Hart, William Sweet and Ronald Kuipers. 2012

Beyond Belief: CPRSE Launches Hendrik Hart and William Sweet's Responses to the Enlightenment: An Exchange on Foundations, Faith, and Community.

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What is the role of reason in religion? What part should religious beliefs play in the life of faith? Is faith more than the sum of the religious beliefs that express it? Can religious language use be an occasion for, or must it always delimit, authentic religious experience? Explore these and other scintillating questions as CPRSE Director Ronald Kuipers leads off this boisterous exchange between three important and interesting philosophers of religion.

Responses to the Enlightenment: An Exchange on Foundations, Faith, and Community

Responses to the Enlightenment: An Exchange on Foundations, Faith, and Community. William Sweet and Hendrik Hart. 2012

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In Responses to the Enlightenment: An Exchange on Foundations, Faith and Community authors Hendrik Hart and William Sweet approach the relation of faith to reason in different ways: Hart from the perspective of the Calvinian tradition and postmodern philosophy, and Sweet from the Catholic tradition and analytic philosophy.

Imagination's Truths Art Talks! Event

Imagination's Truths: Re-envisioning Imagination in Philosophy, Religion and the Arts. Richard Kearney, Mark Knight, Ronald Kuipers, Anne Michaels and Rebekah Smick. 2012

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Videos include an interview with and a lecture by Richard Kearney (Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy, Boston College) and a panel discussion including Kearney plus Mark Knight (English, U. of T.), Ronald A. Kuipers (Phil. of Rel., ICS), Canadian writer Anne Michaels and Rebekah Smick (Phil. Of Arts & Culture, ICS) moderating.

The event was produced by the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics (CPRSE) in conjunction with Emmanuel College, in Toronto Canada, and took place on October 13, 2012.

How Not To Be an Anti-Realist: Habermas, Truth, and Justification.

Zuidervaart, Lambert. “How Not to Be an Anti-Realist: Habermas, Truth, and Justification.” Philosophia Reformata 77 (2012): 1-18. Also in Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion (McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming).

This essay proposes a way past the debate between realist and anti-realist conceptions of truth in analytic philosophy. Responding to Alvin Plantinga’s paper “How To Be an Anti-Realist,” I propose a new account of propositional truth, one that emphasizes the interdependence between mind and object. I develop this account in interaction with J├╝rgen Habermas’s “pragmatic realism.”

Inheriting Identity and Practicing Transformation: The Time of Feminist Politics

Hoff, Shannon. "Inheriting Identity and Practicing Transformation: The Time of Feminist Politics." philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, 2 (2), 2012: 167-193.

My purpose in this paper is to work through the issue of what it means to live in the temporal dimensions of past, present, and future—what it means to inherit an already meaningful world, to be an individual in the present, and to be propelled into an uncertain future—so as to provide a general framework by which to interpret the history of feminist thought. I explain these different temporal dimensions in terms of the (respective) ideas of cultivation, universality, and transformation, identifying the positive and negative significance of each and also the demand that the tensions among them be negotiated. Finally, I will show that feminist justice is in fact found here, as answerability to all three—to communities of cultivation, to the demands of universality, and to the inconclusiveness and transformability of human identity.

Social Justice and Human Rights Conference

Social Justice and Human Rights. Organising Committee: Lambert Zuidervaart, Thomas Reynolds, Kathy Vandergrift, Shannon Hoff, Allyson Carr, Matthew Klaassen and Lyle Clark. April 2012.

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Social Justice and Human Rights was a two-day interdisciplinary, interreligious and cross-sectoral conference presented by the ICS Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics in partnership with Emmanuel College. Thirty-six presenters hosted seventeen sessions including keynote addresses by Nicholas Wolterstorff and Melissa Williams.