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    Phenomenology and the Theological Turn

    Apr. 16, 2009

    Academics from across North America will convene for a discussion of phenomenology, theology and the marriage of the two at Duquesne’s Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center’s 27th annual symposium, Phenomenology and the Theological Turn.

    The two-day event will feature four presenters, each followed by a panel of scholar respondents. Four papers will be presented at the two-day event, and each speaks to different areas and concerns within the theological turn in phenomenology. Presenters are:

    Dr. Jay Lampert, University of Guelph, Do the Arguments for  Saturated Phenomena Prove That They Are Necessary or That They Are Possible? Time to Decide
    Dr. Richard Kearney, Boston College, Returning to God After God: Levinas, Derrida, Ricoeur
    Dr. Edith Wyschogrod, Rice University, Confessional Memoirs: The Phenomenology of Telling It All
    Dr. Jean-Luc Marion, University of Chicago and University of Paris-Sorbonne, On the Foundation of the Distinction Between Theology and Philosophy.

    “The symposium is important because it raises some of the most fundamental questions of the modern and postmodern ages,” said Dr. Jeffrey McCurry, director of the Silverman Center. “Attendees can expect to hear critical reflections on these topics by some of the most important philosophers of religion working in the world today and can also have a chance to enter into dialogue with these major philosophers.”

    Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square

    The symposium is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To register and for further information, visit, call 412.396.6038 or e-mail

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