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Seminar: Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
Date: 24 February 2010 

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk held as part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures' new Seminar Series:
The Radical New Speech Thinking Paradigm of Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

Dr. Wayne Cristaudo
(European Studies)

Date: 24 February 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: A207, Run Run Shaw Building

Franz Rosenzweig is the most important figure of German Jewry between the World Wars, and, along with Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas, one of the most important Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. His decision to embrace his Jewish faith and develop a philosophy in which the West could appreciate its dependency upon Judaism and Christianity was inspired by his best friend and teacher, the far less well known, 'Christian' friend Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. In this talk, Dr. Cristaudo will discuss what they called the New Thinking or Speech Thinking. He will contrast this paradigm with the post '68 paradigm, a paradigm devoted to the identification and elimination of all forms of social fascism. Dr. Cristaudo will argue that Rosenzweig and Rosenstock-Huessy's insights into social formation and their Jewish and Christian socio-historico-anthropology is particularly pertinent to the break-down of the Cold War period, at a time when peoples are increasingly reflecting upon the important role that their religious legacies have played in shaping their identity.

All are welcome. No registration is required.

For enquiries, please contact Dr. Marie Berne,

Please find below details of upcoming talks in the SMLC Seminar Series:

Periodic Struggles: Origins of Menstruation Leave in 20th century Japan
by Izumi Nakayama (Japanese Studies)
March 10 (Wed), 4.30-6.30 PM, LE 7 (Library Extension)

The Study of Political Leadership in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
by Roland Vogt (European Studies)
March 24  (Wed), 4.30-6.30 PM, LE7 (Library Extension)

Who was Eric Voegelin and why is he such an important thinker of the 20th century?
by Paul Caringella (Stanford University)
April 7 (Wed), 4.30-6.30 PM, Main Building Convocation Room

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