Of God in Philosophy

Saturday the 26th of February 2011, from 12.00 – 17.00


Venue: Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin






12h – 14h (Chair: Patrick Masterson)


Richard Kearney, Boston College and University College Dublin
God after God? Theism/Atheism/Anatheism


William Desmond, Catholic University of Leuven
Default Atheism and the Idiocy of the Sacred


14h15 – 16h15 (Chair: Dermot Moran)


Joseph Cohen, University College Dublin
Of a God to come in Philosophy


John Caputo, Syracuse University
Radical Theology As A Theology of the Event



16h30 Discussion



Richard Kearney is Charles Seelig professor of philosophy at Boston College, U. S. A. and Visiting Professor at the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has authored many works on European philosophy and literature, including: Poétique du Possible : Vers une herméneutique phénoménologique de la figuration (Beauchesne, Paris, 1984); Modern Movements in European Philosophy (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1987); Poetics of Imagining: From Husserl to Lyotard (Routledge, London, 1991); Poetics of Modernity: Toward a Hermeneutic Imagination (Humanities Press, New Jersey, 1995); The God Who May Be: A Hermeneutics of Religion (Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2001); Strangers, Gods and Monsters: Interpreting Otherness (Routledge, London, 2003); Debates in Continental Philosophy: Conversations with Contemporary Thinkers (Fordham University Press, New York, 2004); Anatheism: Returning to God After God (Columbia University Press, New York, 2009).

William Desmond is Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and David Cook Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Villanova University. He is also honorary adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland – Maynooth. He has authored Desire, Dialectic and Otherness (Yale University Press, New Haven, 1987); Philosophy and its Others: Ways of Being and Mind (SUNY Press, Albany, 1990); Beyond Hegel and Dialectic: Speculation, Cult, and Comedy (SUNY Press, Albany, 1992); Perplexity and Ultimacy: Metaphysical Thoughts from the Middle (SUNY Press, Albany, 1995); Being and the Between (SUNY Press, Albany, 1995) Ethics and the Between (SUNY Press, Albany 2001); Art, Origins, Otherness: Between Philosophy and Art (SUNY Press,Albany, 2001). Hegel's God (Ashgate, Aldershot, 2003); Is there a Sabbath for Thought? Between Religion and Philosophy (Fordham University Press, New York, 2005); God and the between Illuminations: theory and religion (Blackwell, Oxford, 2008).

Joseph Cohen is University Lecturer at the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland. He has authored Alternances de la métaphysique. Essais sur E. Levinas (Galilée, Paris, 2009), Le sacrifice de Hegel (Galilée, Paris, 2007) and Le spectre juif de Hegel (Galilée, Paris, 2005). He also co-edited Heidegger—le danger et la promesse (in coll. with Gérard Bensussan, Kimé, Paris, 2006), HeideggerQu’appelle-t-on le lieu? (in coll. with Raphael Zagury-Orly, Les Temps Modernes, Paris, Gallimard, 2008) and Judéités – questions pour Jacques Derrida (in coll. Raphael Zagury-Orly, Galilée, Paris, 2003). He is member of the Editorial Committee for the French Journal Les Temps Modernes (Paris, Gallimard).

John D. Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Humanities at Syracuse University, U. S. A. He has authored many works on Heidegger, Derrida, Kierkegaard, Aquinas, and on the relation between philosophy and Christian theology, including : Heidegger and Aquinas (Fordham University Press, New York,1982); The Mystical Element in Heidegger's Thought (Fordham University Press, New York, 1986); Radical Hermeneutics: Repetition, Deconstruction and the Hermeneutic Project (Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1987); Modernity and its Discontents (Fordham University Press, New York, 1992); Demythologizing Heidegger (Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1993); The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida (Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1997); On Religion (Routledge, New York, 2001); Philosophy and Theology (Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2006); The Weakness of God (Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2007); How to read Kierkegaard (Granta Books, London, 2007); What Would Jesus Deconstruct?: The Good News of Postmodernism for the Church (Baker Academics, Ada, 2007).

For further information, please contact Joseph Cohen: joseph.cohen@ucd.ie.