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Conference: The Hidden God and Traces of the Sacred
 
 
Date: 25-28 June 2009 
 

European Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Conference on

THE HIDDEN GOD AND TRACES OF THE SACRED: THEOLOGICAL REMNANTS IN 20TH CENTURY THOUGHT

Date: June 25-28, 2009
Location: Council Chamber, Room 809, Meng Wah Complex, HKU Campus

The religious wars, the massacre of the Huguenots, and the intolerable social and political character of the Catholic Church in the 18th century all contributed to the anti-religious character of the French Enlightenment and its greatest achievement the French revolution. The faith in science, the nation, and the commercial classes which was so central to the revolution was shattered by the First World War. The 20th century French intelligentsia was torn between despair that was so deep that it would often continue the Rousseauian hostility to civilization itself, and the messianic promise which had moved on from the French to the Russian revolution, only to find itself shattered by Stalinism.

The fact that France had such a strong anti-clerical intellectual character (to be sure there were always some overtly Christian thinkers who stood on different ground), however, easily tempts us to overlook how tenuous were some of the theological elements that clung to French philosophy. As the 20th century came to a close, and with Derrida’s and Levinas’ philosophical prominence being so openly tied to their theological interests, the whole approach to theology in French philosophy has required rethinking.  Indeed the purpose of this conference is to show how persistent the traces of the sacred have been in 20th century French philosophy.

Programme information: http://www.hku.hk/smlc/files/09062528.pdf

If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Dr. Cristaudo at cristaud@hkucc.hku.hk or Ms Christy Ho at chhristy@hku.hk

 
 
     
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