With the arrogance of youth, I determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and blessed, and the work goes on. -- William Morris

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Now That's a Smart Match

Don't you just love it when someone you think is brilliant takes an interest in someone else you think is brilliant; and on a topic that you think is damn important? Talk about a killer philosophical-theological tag team: William Desmond to give the 2010 Aquinas Lecture at the University of Dallas:

“Analogy, Dialectic, and Divine Transcendence:
Between St. Thomas and Hegel”

William Desmond
The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium


Hegel is often attacked for a philosophy of rational totality, but frequently his critics share his commitment to immanence and nothing but immanence. Speculative dialectic vis-à-vis divine transcendence has significance beyond Hegel for our contemporary philosophical options, as well as our theological predilections. The (metaxological) reconsideration of analogy that will be offered here is not a retrospective glance at a supposedly exhausted tradition but suggests that analogy harbors promise for a renewed thinking of divine difference, after Hegel himself and after the deconstruction of Hegelian totality.

Brendan and I have long discerned the fundamental harmony between Desmond's metaxological approach to metaphysics and St. Thomas's analogical conception of being. Now, it appears, the stars are aligning. Theologians: get ready to harvest some serious theological fruit.

Pax Christi,


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