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The Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion

Overview

The Association seeks to promote renewed critical thinking on religion, drawing upon the continental tradition of philosophy. This tradition draws much of its impetus from Kant's transcendental project of exploring what makes knowledge and faith possible. Kant inspired reflection upon the active, constructive role played by the subject of knowledge as well as the creative transgression of the limits of reason in articulating religious ideas.

 

Forthcoming International Conference: Political Theology: The Liberation of the Post-secular?

July 10th – July 12th 2015, Liverpool Hope University

Online Store Now Open for Registration - Please click here to navigate to the store page.

 

 0098 Dr Patrice Haynes  0213 Dr Steven Shakespeare  Dr Duane Williams

Dr Patrice Haynes

haynesp@hope.ac.uk

Dr Steven Shakespeare

shakess@hope.ac.uk

Dr Duane Williams

williad3@hope.ac.uk

Aims and Objectives

The Association promotes research and reflection on continental philosophy of religion by

  • Holding regular seminars with invited speakers
  • Organising occasional major international conferences
  • Sponsoring colloquia on particular subjects
  • Running a regular philosophical reading group
  • Sharing information with other relevant networks and groups, particularly with regard to conferences, publications and sharing good practice in teaching continental philosophy of religion
  • Encouraging research and publication
  • Utilising online resources to promote wider discussion and dissemination of ideas

Publications

 

Intensities

The Association encourages publication of original work, especially though its series with Ashgate, entitled Intensities: Contemporary Continental  Philosophy of Religion.

This series sits at the forefront of contemporary developments in continental philosophy of religion, engaging particularly with radical reinterpretations and applications of the continental 'canon' from Kant to Derrida and beyond but also with significant departures from that tradition. A key area of focus is the emergence of new 'realist' and materialist schools of thought whose potential contribution to philosophy of religion is at an early stage. Rooted in a vibrant tradition of thinking about religion, whilst positioning itself at the cutting edge of emerging agendas, this series has a clear focus on continental and post-continental philosophy of religion

 

Books in the series include:

Katharine Sarah Moody and Steven Shakespeare (eds), Intensities: Philosophy, Religion and the Affirmation of Life (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012)

George Pattison, Heidegger on Death (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013)

Pamela Sue Anderson, Re-visioning Gender in Philosophy of Religion (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013)

Kenneth Jason Wardley, Praying to a French God: The Theology of Jean-Yves Lacoste (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014)

Katharine Sarah Moody, Radical Theology and Emerging Christianity: Deconstruction, Materialism and Religious Practice (forthcoming)

Chris Baker, Tom James and John Reader, A Philosophy of Christian Materialism (forthcoming)

 

To discuss a proposal for the series, please contact one of the series editors, Patrice Haynes (haynesp@hope.ac.uk) or Steven Shakespeare (shakess@hope.ac.uk).

 

Other related publications

In addition to the Intensities volume mentioned above, an additional collection of material drawn from or inspired by the Association’s 2009 ‘Towards a Philosophy of Life’ conference appeared as a special issue of the journal Angelaki, Volume 1, Issue 19, 2014. Entitled Immanent Materialisms: Speculation and Critique, the issue was edited by Charlie Blake and Patrice Haynes. 

Events

 

Imago TyphonisForthcoming International Conference

Political Theology: The Liberation of the Post-secular?

July 10th – July 12th 2015, Liverpool Hope University

 

Online Store Now Closed

The Online Store is now closed.

 

Flyer

The promotional flyer is available to download: Political Theology: The Liberation of the Post-secular?

 

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers has now passed. The original flyer is available to download: Call for Papers - Political Theology: The Liberation of the Post-secular?

 

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts

This has now passed

 

Keynotes

  • Saba Mahmood (UC Berkeley), author of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject and Is Critique Secular?
  • Catherine Keller (Drew University), author of The Face of the Deep. A Theology of Becoming, On the Mystery. Discerning Divinity in Process; Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement (2015); co-editor of Postcolonial Theologies: Divinity and Empire.
  • Katharine Sarah Moody, author of Post-Secular Theology and the Church: A New Kind of Christian is A New Kind of Atheist and Radical Theology and Emerging Christianity: Deconstruction, Materialism and Religious Practice (both forthcoming).
  • Richard Seymour, author of The Liberal Defence of Murder, American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-imperialism and Against Austerity.

 

Rationale

Political theology names a key site where contemporary philosophical engagement with religion takes place. Through notions such as sovereignty, messianism, apocalypse, hope and fidelity, a thinking of political grounds and transformations is never far from the theological. The nature of that relationship is, however, sharply contested.

One crux of this debate is the idea of the ‘post-secular’.  Many argue that old positivist assumptions about the withering of religion are daily refuted by the ways religious traditions continue to adapt, thrive and make their presence felt in public life. However, even if this is the case, sharp disagreements remain about what we are to make of this. It can be argued that the post-secular represents a potential renewal of premodern traditions and imaginaries to redress the nihilistic failure of the modern. Alternatively, it can be claimed that the post-secular is a radicalisation of modern self-criticism, which does not pave a way backwards to theological foundationalism, but opens the possibility of a new materialist and democratic/Marxist/anarchist metamorphosis of religion. For others, both sides in this debate are still overshadowed by a Western, specifically Christian, genealogy of ‘religion’, ‘theology’ and ‘politics.

The conference will invite critical and constructive interventions in this debate. Relevant thinkers and traditions of enquiry will include, for example, Agamben, Zizek, Butler, Derrida, Pui-Lan, Schmitt, Taubes, Hardt and Negri, Spivak, Macintyre, Habermas, Mahmood, Foucault, Cone, postcolonialism, new materialism, radical orthodoxy, liberation theologies, feminist theology, queer theology and pragmatism.

The key questions guiding the conference will be: Is a thinking of religion inseparable from a thinking of the political? As the possibility of revolutionary political change is confronted by the ‘capitalist realist’ sense of the impossibility of imagining how things could ever be radically otherwise, can political theology provide resources for creative advance, both theoretically and practically? If so, will it be through a reversal of Enlightenment secularism, or its apocalyptic radicalisation? What mutations and interactions must our religious and secular notions of political identity undergo when confronted with the claims of alterity, multiplicity and the nonhuman? Should such a politics proceed from, or aim for, universal norms and solidarities, or is it inevitably particular and local? What light can political theology shed on the subjectivities formed by neoliberalism and capitalist realism, and the possibilities for collective organisation, resistance and action? Can religion provide transcendent norms to ground politics, or is its role to articulate new material possibilities for liberation within immanence? And by ‘religion’ are we inevitably dealing with a universal that comes predefined by a gendered, heteronormative, white Christian inheritance, or can religion (and Christianity) be thought apart from that genealogy?

 

 

Previous conferences

 

Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy of Religion: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (held jointly with The Mystical Theology Network)

July 11th – July 13th2014, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Keynote Speakers

Agata Bielik-Robson, Oliver Davies, Joseph Milne

Poster

Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy of Religion Flyer

Thinking the Absolute: Speculation, Philosophy and the End of Religion

June 29th - July 1st 2012, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Keynote Speakers

Ray Brassier, Levi Bryant, François Laruelle, Scott Wilson

Schedule and poster

Thinking the Absolute: Speculation, Philosophy and the End of Religion Schedule

Thinking the Absolute: Speculation, Philosophy and the End of Religion Poster

 

Towards a Philosophy of Life: Reflections on the Concept of Life in Continental Philosophy of Religion

June 26th - June 28th 2009, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Keynote Speakers

Pamela Sue Anderson, John Caputo, Don Cupitt, John Milbank

Poster

Towards a Philosophy of Life: Reflections on the Concept of Life in CPR

Contact

 

Mailing List

To be added to the Association’s email list, please write to Steven Shakespeare at shakess@hope.ac.uk

 

Facebook

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Address

You can write to us at:

The Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion

c/o Dr Steven Shakespeare

Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park

Liverpool

L16 9JD

United Kingdom 

Overview

The Association seeks to promote renewed critical thinking on religion, drawing upon the continental tradition of philosophy. This tradition draws much of its impetus from Kant's transcendental project of exploring what makes knowledge and faith possible. Kant inspired reflection upon the active, constructive role played by the subject of knowledge as well as the creative transgression of the limits of reason in articulating religious ideas.

 

Forthcoming International Conference: Political Theology: The Liberation of the Post-secular?

July 10th – July 12th 2015, Liverpool Hope University

Online Store Now Open for Registration - Please click here to navigate to the store page.

 

 0098 Dr Patrice Haynes  0213 Dr Steven Shakespeare  Dr Duane Williams

Dr Patrice Haynes

haynesp@hope.ac.uk

Dr Steven Shakespeare

shakess@hope.ac.uk

Dr Duane Williams

williad3@hope.ac.uk

Aims and Objectives

The Association promotes research and reflection on continental philosophy of religion by

  • Holding regular seminars with invited speakers
  • Organising occasional major international conferences
  • Sponsoring colloquia on particular subjects
  • Running a regular philosophical reading group
  • Sharing information with other relevant networks and groups, particularly with regard to conferences, publications and sharing good practice in teaching continental philosophy of religion
  • Encouraging research and publication
  • Utilising online resources to promote wider discussion and dissemination of ideas

Publications

 

Intensities

The Association encourages publication of original work, especially though its series with Ashgate, entitled Intensities: Contemporary Continental  Philosophy of Religion.

This series sits at the forefront of contemporary developments in continental philosophy of religion, engaging particularly with radical reinterpretations and applications of the continental 'canon' from Kant to Derrida and beyond but also with significant departures from that tradition. A key area of focus is the emergence of new 'realist' and materialist schools of thought whose potential contribution to philosophy of religion is at an early stage. Rooted in a vibrant tradition of thinking about religion, whilst positioning itself at the cutting edge of emerging agendas, this series has a clear focus on continental and post-continental philosophy of religion

 

Books in the series include:

Katharine Sarah Moody and Steven Shakespeare (eds), Intensities: Philosophy, Religion and the Affirmation of Life (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012)

George Pattison, Heidegger on Death (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013)

Pamela Sue Anderson, Re-visioning Gender in Philosophy of Religion (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013)

Kenneth Jason Wardley, Praying to a French God: The Theology of Jean-Yves Lacoste (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014)

Katharine Sarah Moody, Radical Theology and Emerging Christianity: Deconstruction, Materialism and Religious Practice (forthcoming)

Chris Baker, Tom James and John Reader, A Philosophy of Christian Materialism (forthcoming)

 

To discuss a proposal for the series, please contact one of the series editors, Patrice Haynes (haynesp@hope.ac.uk) or Steven Shakespeare (shakess@hope.ac.uk).

 

Other related publications

In addition to the Intensities volume mentioned above, an additional collection of material drawn from or inspired by the Association’s 2009 ‘Towards a Philosophy of Life’ conference appeared as a special issue of the journal Angelaki, Volume 1, Issue 19, 2014. Entitled Immanent Materialisms: Speculation and Critique, the issue was edited by Charlie Blake and Patrice Haynes. 

Events

 

Imago TyphonisForthcoming International Conference

Political Theology: The Liberation of the Post-secular?

July 10th – July 12th 2015, Liverpool Hope University

 

Online Store Now Closed

The Online Store is now closed.

 

Flyer

The promotional flyer is available to download: Political Theology: The Liberation of the Post-secular?

 

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers has now passed. The original flyer is available to download: Call for Papers - Political Theology: The Liberation of the Post-secular?

 

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts

This has now passed

 

Keynotes

  • Saba Mahmood (UC Berkeley), author of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject and Is Critique Secular?
  • Catherine Keller (Drew University), author of The Face of the Deep. A Theology of Becoming, On the Mystery. Discerning Divinity in Process; Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement (2015); co-editor of Postcolonial Theologies: Divinity and Empire.
  • Katharine Sarah Moody, author of Post-Secular Theology and the Church: A New Kind of Christian is A New Kind of Atheist and Radical Theology and Emerging Christianity: Deconstruction, Materialism and Religious Practice (both forthcoming).
  • Richard Seymour, author of The Liberal Defence of Murder, American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-imperialism and Against Austerity.

 

Rationale

Political theology names a key site where contemporary philosophical engagement with religion takes place. Through notions such as sovereignty, messianism, apocalypse, hope and fidelity, a thinking of political grounds and transformations is never far from the theological. The nature of that relationship is, however, sharply contested.

One crux of this debate is the idea of the ‘post-secular’.  Many argue that old positivist assumptions about the withering of religion are daily refuted by the ways religious traditions continue to adapt, thrive and make their presence felt in public life. However, even if this is the case, sharp disagreements remain about what we are to make of this. It can be argued that the post-secular represents a potential renewal of premodern traditions and imaginaries to redress the nihilistic failure of the modern. Alternatively, it can be claimed that the post-secular is a radicalisation of modern self-criticism, which does not pave a way backwards to theological foundationalism, but opens the possibility of a new materialist and democratic/Marxist/anarchist metamorphosis of religion. For others, both sides in this debate are still overshadowed by a Western, specifically Christian, genealogy of ‘religion’, ‘theology’ and ‘politics.

The conference will invite critical and constructive interventions in this debate. Relevant thinkers and traditions of enquiry will include, for example, Agamben, Zizek, Butler, Derrida, Pui-Lan, Schmitt, Taubes, Hardt and Negri, Spivak, Macintyre, Habermas, Mahmood, Foucault, Cone, postcolonialism, new materialism, radical orthodoxy, liberation theologies, feminist theology, queer theology and pragmatism.

The key questions guiding the conference will be: Is a thinking of religion inseparable from a thinking of the political? As the possibility of revolutionary political change is confronted by the ‘capitalist realist’ sense of the impossibility of imagining how things could ever be radically otherwise, can political theology provide resources for creative advance, both theoretically and practically? If so, will it be through a reversal of Enlightenment secularism, or its apocalyptic radicalisation? What mutations and interactions must our religious and secular notions of political identity undergo when confronted with the claims of alterity, multiplicity and the nonhuman? Should such a politics proceed from, or aim for, universal norms and solidarities, or is it inevitably particular and local? What light can political theology shed on the subjectivities formed by neoliberalism and capitalist realism, and the possibilities for collective organisation, resistance and action? Can religion provide transcendent norms to ground politics, or is its role to articulate new material possibilities for liberation within immanence? And by ‘religion’ are we inevitably dealing with a universal that comes predefined by a gendered, heteronormative, white Christian inheritance, or can religion (and Christianity) be thought apart from that genealogy?

 

 

Previous conferences

 

Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy of Religion: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (held jointly with The Mystical Theology Network)

July 11th – July 13th2014, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Keynote Speakers

Agata Bielik-Robson, Oliver Davies, Joseph Milne

Poster

Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy of Religion Flyer

Thinking the Absolute: Speculation, Philosophy and the End of Religion

June 29th - July 1st 2012, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Keynote Speakers

Ray Brassier, Levi Bryant, François Laruelle, Scott Wilson

Schedule and poster

Thinking the Absolute: Speculation, Philosophy and the End of Religion Schedule

Thinking the Absolute: Speculation, Philosophy and the End of Religion Poster

 

Towards a Philosophy of Life: Reflections on the Concept of Life in Continental Philosophy of Religion

June 26th - June 28th 2009, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Keynote Speakers

Pamela Sue Anderson, John Caputo, Don Cupitt, John Milbank

Poster

Towards a Philosophy of Life: Reflections on the Concept of Life in CPR

Contact

 

Mailing List

To be added to the Association’s email list, please write to Steven Shakespeare at shakess@hope.ac.uk

 

Facebook

If you are on Facebook, please join our group.

 

Address

You can write to us at:

The Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion

c/o Dr Steven Shakespeare

Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park

Liverpool

L16 9JD

United Kingdom