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Event

By way of Obstacles or Philosophizing Existentially

Monday, May 1, 2023 16:00to18:00
Birks Building 3520 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7, CA

Please join us for the public lecture "By Way of Obstacles" by Professor Emmanuel Falque, Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Paris. This event concludes the Montreal research seminar of the International Network in Philosophy of Religion (INPR) on the theme "Forgetting the Soul." The event is organized by Dr. Pablo Irizar, current holder of the Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies.

In By Way of Obstacles, Emmanuel Falque revisits the major themes of his work—finitude, the body, and the call for philosophers and theologians to "cross the Rubicon" by entering into dialogue—in light of objections that have been offered. In so doing, he offers a pathway through a work that will offer valuable insights both to newcomers to his thought and to those who are already familiar with it. For it is only after one has carved out one's pathway that one may see more clearly where one has been and where one might be going. Here readers will discover the profound relation between Falque's emphasis on the human experience of the world and his desire for philosophy and Christian theology to enter into conversation. For only by speaking within the human horizon of finitude can Christianity be credible for human beings, and it is because Christian theology teaches that God entered into our finitude that it can also teach us something of what it is to be human. Contemporary phenomenology, Falque warns, over- privileges an encounter with the infinite that cannot be originary. Calling us back to finitude, he calls us to a deeper understanding of our humanity.

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