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07 Ethical Implications of Religious Worldviews

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Hauptschule
Seminar
english language

Are religious traditions an impediment for free ethical judgement or the deepest foundation of ethical attitudes? This seminar will critically discuss the ethical implications of religious worldviews based on prominent philosophical and religious sources. In part one we will discuss philosophical texts by Friedrich Nietzsche, Simone Weil and Robert Bresson s film  Au hasard Balthazar . Central notions will include of power, grace, and sainthood. In part two, we will reflect on the relationship between suffering, guilt, forgiveness and ethical growth in classical Biblical sources such as the Joseph story (Genesis 37-50) and the book of Job.

Recommended literature:

Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, all too Human (Harmondsworth, Penguin, 2004), tr. Marion Faber, section 3,  Religious Life

Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace (London, Routledge, 2002), tr. Emma Craufurd

Tony Pipolo, Robert Bresson: a Passion for Film (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010), ch.5

The Bible (New Revised Standard Version): Genesis 37-50; Job (especially chapters 1-7; 38-42).

Victor P. Hamilton, Handbook on the Pentateuch (Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2005), 121-132.

Speakers

Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London Chair
Lecturer, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome Chair

Dr. Christopher HAMILTON

Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London

1996-1997 Lecturer in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield
1998-2001 Teacher of German and French, Bedales School, Petersfield
2001-2003 Teacher of Philosophy and Religious Studies, King's College School, Wimbledon, London
since 2003 Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London
since 2008 Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion
since 2013 Deputy Head of Department of Philosophy of Religion, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London

Dr. habil. Dominik MARKL

Lecturer, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome

 Since 2012 Research Associate of the Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria
2010-2012 Lecturer, Heythrop College, University of London
2012 Lecturer, Hekima College, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi
 Since 2013 Lecturer, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
2013 Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

Seminar Week

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13.08.2014

17:00 - 17:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2014Plenary
17:15 - 17:30Opening Concert, Part 1: sAmo for Flute, Violoncello and AccordionCulture
17:30 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & ListenCulture
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
21:00 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial

14.08.-19.08.2014

01 Sustainable Peace and Security - Who Cares?Seminar
02 The Politics of Emotions: Diagnosis and Historical TransformationsSeminar
03 An Energy Transition for the FutureSeminar
04 The Human MicrobiomeSeminar
05 Creativity and Innovation for GrowthSeminar
06 1814 - 1914 - 1989: Paradigm Shifts in Public International Law and PoliticsSeminar
07 Ethical Implications of Religious WorldviewsSeminar
08 Art and ProtestSeminar
09 Europe and Its Neighbours - EU External Relations at the Crossroads?Seminar
10 Collective Memory - Present Focus on the PastSeminar
11 Feeding the WorldSeminar
12 Decisions Under UncertaintySeminar
13 Macroeconomics - The Return of IdeologiesSeminar
14 Human - Machine - RoboticsSeminar
15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great WarSeminar
16 The Key to Good GovernanceSeminar
17 Media from a Theoretical PerspectiveSeminar

14.08.2014

18:00 - 19:00Vernissage: Let the Children Play. On the 25th Anniversary of the UN-Declaration of the Rights of the ChildCulture

15.08.2014

19:00 - 20:30Literature Talk: Wars and Civil Wars in the Mirror of Current World LiteratureCulture

16.08.2014

18:00 - 19:30Courage. In Memoriam Fritz MoldenCulture

18.08.2014

19:30 - 20:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture

19.08.2014

19:00 - 22:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary