Friday, December 28, 2007

"Hermeneutics: Contemporary Prospects (Tradition, Transmission and Treason)," British Society for Phenomenology, Oxford University, April 4-6, 2008.

Hermeneutics lies at the centre of debates about method, and the status of interpretation within ethics, aesthetics, theology and philosophy in general. The conference brings together leading figures in the field to examine the nature and implications of current debate within hermeneutics and to assess the contribution that hermeneutics can make to methodological controversies in the humanities today. Programme

  • Günter Figal (University of Freiburg) "Hermeneutics as Phenomenology"
  • Gianni Vattimo (University of Turin) "The Cultural Relevance of Hermeneutics"
  • Istvan Fehrer (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) "Hermeneutics and the Philosophical Tradition"
  • Jens Zimmerman (TW University, Canada) "Towards a Critique of the Theological Dimensions of Vattimo's Hermeneutics"
  • James Risser (University of Seattle) "The Incapacity of Language"
  • Annette Hilt (Ruprecht-Karls-University) "The Boundaries of Comprehensive Sense: Towards a Hermeneutics of Emotional Expressivity"
  • Sinead Murphy (University of Cork) "Is Philosophical Hermeneutics Constructive?"
  • Daniel Tate (Bonaventure University, New York) "Art as Cognitio Imaginativa: Gadamer on Intuition and Imagination in Kant's Aesthetic Theory"
  • Morny Joy (University of Calgary) "Paul Ricoeur and a Hermeneutics of Human Capability and Fragility"

All of the papers are on April 4 – 5. The final day of the conference is reserved for the AGM of the British Society for Phenomenology and other meetings. The aim of the BSP is to organize conferences at which rigorous debate can be carried out in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere. There are no parallel sessions and everyone is encouraged to participate fully. Student Bursaries: The British Society for Phenomenology is offering two bursaries, available to students wishing to attend the conference. Each bursary consists in two nights bed and breakfast accommodation at St Hilda’s College and the cost of the main dinner on Friday night. To apply for one of the bursaries, please prepare a statement of 400 – 600 words outlining the importance of the conference to your studies and send this to: David Webb, Faculty of Arts Media and Design, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2XW: Applications must arrive by January 29th 2008.

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