Duquesne, National Institute for Newman Studies to Explore Christian Intellectual Tradition and Deconstruction
An upcoming lecture, Tradition and Deconstruction, will explore the relationship between the Christian intellectual tradition and the postmodern deconstructionist approach.
Presented by Dr. Philipp W. Rosemann, philosophy professor at the University of Dallas, the event will be on Friday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center on the first floor of the Gumberg Library.
Although tradition and deconstruction may appear adversarial, Rosemann posits that they actually imply and require each other. For example, a living tradition needs to be reminded of the unexplored possibilities that deconstruction unearths within its own past, while deconstruction is fruitful only as part of a tradition-building project.
The talk will take the form of a dialogue between texts by Denis the Carthusian, a 15th-century theologian, and Martin Heidegger, whose reflections on destruction, or "Destruktion," in Being and Time remain seminal for the deconstructionist method.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the National Institute for Newman Studies and the Department of Philosophy.
For more information, call 412.396.6388.