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William James and the Translatlantic Conversation. Pragmatism, Pluralism, and Philosophy of Religion.
New book edited by Martin Halliwell & Joel D.S. Rasmussen

‘Lucidly capturing some of the most salient moments of James’s transcultural encounters, William James and the Transatlantic Conversation promises to transform the field of James studies by shedding radically new light on all the most important facets of James’s life and work.’
Francesca Bordogna, University of Notre Dame, author of William James at the Boundaries:Philosophy, Science, and the Geography of Knowledge

‘If the conversational mode of thinking is chiefly characterised as an exchange that refuses to be drawn into arid abstractions, […] then William James and the Transatlantic Conversation is a superb example of the type. Across these essays, the range and scope of William James’s conversations with others—and the conversations he is still having with us—are brought to vivid and stimulating life.’
Matthew Bradley, University of Liverpool, editor of the Oxford edition of The Varieties of Religious Experience

‘Drawing insights from many disciplines and many national perspectives, the appearance of this volume represents a significant and substantial scholarly achievement. It will be valuable not only to students of William James but to all interested in transatlantic intellectual and cultural history in the modern age.’
Thomas Albert Howard, Gordon College, Massachusetts, author of God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide

Book Description:
William James and the Transatlantic Conversation focuses on the American philosopher and psychologist William James (1842-1910) and his engagements with European thought, together with the multidisciplinary reception of his work on both sides of the Atlantic since his death. James's encounters with European thinkers and ideas ran throughout his early life and across his distinguished international career, in which he participated in a number of transatlantic conversations in science, philosophy, psychology, religion, ethics, and literature. This volume explores and extends these conversations by drawing together twelve scholars from a range of disciplines on both sides of the Atlantic to assess James's work in all its variety, to trace his multidisciplinary reception across the twentieth century, and to evaluate his legacy in the twenty-first century. The first half of the book considers James's many intellectual influences and the second half focuses on A Pluralistic Universe (1909), the published text of his 1908 Hibbert Lectures at Oxford University, as a key text for assessing James's transatlantic conversations. The pluralistic transatlantic currents addressed in the first part of the volume enable a fuller understanding of James's philosophy of pluralism that forms the explicit focus for the second part. Taken as a collection, the volume is unique in scholarship on James in generating transatlantic, interdisciplinary, and cross-generational dialogues, and it repositions James as an important international thinker and arguably the most distinctive American intellectual figure of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Podcasts: Sacrifice and Modern Thought
Sacrifice is at the heart of religion. It is not surprising, then, that the 'turn to religion' we have witnessed over the past two decades has led to a renewed interest in sacrifice as well. In light of this, the Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought at the University of Oxford presents five interviews with contributors to the recently-published book Sacrifice and Modern Thought (ed. Zachhuber and Meszaros, 2013). At around 15 minutes in length, each interview provides an insight into how the modern fascination for the topic of sacrifice has evolved, and how the concept of sacrifice in turn has shaped theological debate, the literary imagination and anthropological theory. We hope you enjoy the recordings.
To listen to the podcasts, see http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/sacrifice-and-modern-thought

Conference: Paul Tillich. Theology and Legacy
14th-15th July 2014
Ertegun House, 37A St Giles, Oxford

Paul Tillich features on anyone’s list of most significant and influential 20th Century theologians. In an age where it is tempting to retreat into intra-theological discussion or dismiss the secular world, Tillich’s vision for a theology which engages with culture and connects religious language with philosophical reflection continues to influence and provoke contemporary theological reflection.

This conference aims to stimulate and provide a platform for current work on Paul Tillich in anticipation of the commencement of the publication of the Collected Works in English from 2015, as well as providing space and time for scholars with an interest in Tillich’s work to meet, get to know each other, and discuss their work. will feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Reinhold Bernhardt (Basel)
  • Marc Boss (Montpellier)
  • Douglas Hedley (Cambridge)
  • Anne-Marie Reijnen (Paris)
  • Christoph Schwöbel (Tübingen)

For more information, including the Call for Papers (deadline 14th February), see tillichoxford2014.wordpress.com

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