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Hegel Colloquy

Saint Louis University's Department of Theological Studies will hold a colloquy devoted to the thought of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831) at SLU from June 17–19, 2020.

One of the most brilliant and vexing figures in all of human history, Hegel has stamped so much of modern thought. Almost 200 years after his death, theology still seems unsure about what to make of Hegel. The colloquy will use two recent essays for a source of departure for a more generous reading of Hegel: Nicholas Adams’s “Why Theologians Hate Hegel” and Jordan Wood and Justin Coyle’s “Must Catholics Hate Hegel?” This colloquy aims to spur intensive interaction, with the goal of generating collaboration and possible publication for those at different stages of Hegel scholarship.

This colloquy will take place over three days, beginning at noon on June 17, and concluding with a dinner on June 19. The centerpiece of the colloquy will be a public lecture by Molly Farneth on the evening of June 17. The rest of the colloquy will be focused around workshops and readings. The workshops will consist as papers discussed for 90 minutes. Participants who forego the workshopping opportunity will have the chance to bring to discussion a passage from Hegel (10-20 pages) that would benefit from an intensive reading. It will be something like “Hegel Camp."

Sponsors: Department of Theological Studies, Office of Mission and Identity, Catholic Studies, and the Lumen Christi Institute