Phenomenology and Religion

Thursday, 21 June 2012, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, IWM library
What happens to philosophy, when it becomes phenomenological philosophy? And what promise does this transformation hold for a reflection on the essence of religion? This lecture falls into two parts. The first offers a brief historical outline of the role that phenomenology played in the work of some key philosophers (Heidegger, Scheler, Patocka) who engaged the question of how religion, specifically Christianity, might offer humanity resources with which to respond to the crisis of Europe in the wake of World War I and WWII. The second is more abstract, and seeks to understand how the potential of phenomenological philosophy promises to revitalize the age-old relationship between philosophy and religion.

James Dodd is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York, and currently Patocka Research Associate at the IWM.