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Mead Swing Lecture: Kant, Ritual, and Enlightenment

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 5:00pm

Norman C. Craig Lecture Hall, Science Center 119 Woodland Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Terry Godlove '77, professor of philosophy at Hofstra University, will give a Mead-Swing Lecture on the the role of ritual in the work of Enlightenment philosopher and religious thinker Immanuel Kant.

When we think about Enlightenment criticisms of religion, we tend to focus on belief and ideas. But what about religious practice and ritual?

This lecture focuses on the place of ritual in Immanuel Kant’s philosophy of religion. From a contemporary point of view, Kant was grappling with momentous questions: Does ritual practice support or undermine social cohesion? Does it foster or corrode such civic virtues such as toleration and respect? 

Refreshments provided before the lecture at 4:30 p.m. in Craig Lecture Hall lobby.

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International/Cultural, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops


Academic, Religion




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Charles Lockwood

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