Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion Conference
John Caputo (Syracuse University)
Bettina Bergo (Université de Montréal)
Morny Joy (University of Calgary)
Nikolas Kompridis (University of Western Sydney)
Ron Kuipers (Institute for Christian Studies)
Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie University)
The word “varieties” characterizes the distinctive and plural voices that have emerged in contemporary continental philosophy of religion. We feel strongly that this plurality is a much-needed antidote to the one-dimensional and ultimately unconstructive representations of both religion and secularism that one finds in the popular media today. The media appears, perhaps not unsurprisingly, to be infatuated with the uncomplicated, often coarse, generalizations proffered by both religious zealots and militant atheists. While the crude messages propagated by these two groups are well suited for our sound-bite age, they hinder our ability to negotiate the complex interstices of religious and secular identities that make up Canada’s rich multicultural landscape and the world in general. In contrast to the popular media, the recent work on religion by philosophers of the continental tradition emphasizes the remarkable interconnectedness of religion and secularism. Rather than thinking of secularism as simply a reaction to or rejection of the West’s religious heritage, many of Europe’s current leading philosophers argue that modern secularism grows out of a certain way of thinking and doing religion. The various accounts that one finds in current continental thought concerning the significance of the history and future of the relationship between religion and secularism shed light on this ongoing development.
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The organizing committee would like to acknowledge the generous support of the following co-sponsors:
The Dean of Arts – Ryerson University
The Department of Philosophy – Ryerson University
The MA Program in Philosophy – Ryerson University
The Department of Humanities – York University
The Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought – York University
The conference reception is co-sponsored with the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics (CPRSE) (at the Institute for Christian Studies [ICS]).
We are especially grateful for the generous grant awarded to the conference by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
John Caruana (Philosophy, Ryerson University)
Mark Cauchi (Humanities, York University)
Conference Assistant: Michael Butler (Ryerson University)