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Conferences 2008 - Philosophy and Liturgy:
Ritual, Practice, and Embodied Wisdom

Philosophy and Liturgy:
Ritual, Practice, and Embodied Wisdom

Hosted by James K.A. Smith, John Witvliet and Nicholas Wolterstorff

May 20-22, 2008
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

Plenary Speaker Bios
Plenary Speaker Abstracts

Plenary speakers:

Sarah Coakley, Terence Cuneo, Reinhard Hütter, Peter Ochs, James K.A. Smith, and Nicholas Wolterstorff.

The renaissance in philosophy of religion has engendered sustained philosophical reflection on a number of key aspects of theology, but there has been a notable paucity of philosophical engagement with a central aspect of religious practice: worship and liturgy. This conference brings together leading scholars in philosophy and theology to investigate key themes in worship with the tools of philosophy, with the ultimate goal of informing practice. There is also the reciprocal goal of letting liturgical practice become a fund for philosophical reflection on classic questions and themes. The conference will thus stage a reciprocal encounter between philosophy and liturgy, with the goal of generating a liturgical philosophy, and a philosophically-informed liturgy.

Invited Dialogue Partners:

Paul Griffiths, Duke Divinity School
Howie Wettstein, UC Riverside
Paul Weithman, Notre Dame
Steven Kepnes, Colgate
Gary Matthews, UMass
David Bradshaw, Kentucky
Bernd Wannenwetsch, Oxford
Randi Rashkover,George Mason
John Wilson, Books & Culture
Ludger Viefhues-Bailey, Yale
Don Saliers, Emory
Andrew Chignell, Cornell
John Hare, Yale
Michael Rea, Notre Dame

Call for Papers:

Ângelo Cardita
Josh Reeves
Ludger Viefhues-Bailey

For further information contact:
Seminars in Christian Scholarship
Calvin College
1855 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids MI 49546-4402
616.526.8558
fax 616.526.6682
seminars@calvin.edu