January 11, 2020
Zephyr Institute

Teleology and Transcendence

A master class with Fr. Anselm Ramelow O.P. (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology)

Time & Location

January 11, 2020
Zephyr Institute

Description

Robert Spaemann (1927-2018) developed a personalist theory of ethics founded upon metaphysical insights from Aristotle and modern continental philosophy. This master class led by Fr. Anselm Ramelow O.P., a scholar and former student of Spaemann's, provided an introduction to Spaemann's thought in its teleological and transcendent context. Participants discussed Spaemann's understanding of teleology and transcendence vis-à-vis being, nature, freedom, personhood, and intersubjectivity. They also considered his contributions to bioethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of technology.


Readings: 


  • Anselm Ramelow, "Teleology and Transcendence: The Thought of Robert Spaemann," Communio 45 (Fall-Winter 2018), 567-612

  • Robert Spaemann, "Is Every Human Being a Person?," The Thomist 60.3 (July 1996), 463-474

  • Robert Spaemann, "What does it mean to say that 'Art imitates nature'?," A Robert Spaemann Reader: Philosophical Essays on Nature, God, and the Human Person, ed. and trans. D.C. Schindler and Jeanne Heffernan Schindler, Oxford University Press, 2015

  • Robert Spaemann, "How Could You Do What You Did?," Communio 36 (Winter 2009), 643-651

  • Robert Spaemann and Holger Zaborowski, "An animal that can promise and forgive," Communio 34 (Winter 2007), 511-521


Schedule: 


Metaphysics and Ontology (2:00–3:00 p.m.)
Teleology
as Transcendence
Nature and Violence


Personhood and Solipsism (3:15–4:15 p.m.)
Self-Transcendence, Happiness and Solipsism
Stepping Beyond Oneself: Personhood

 

Ethics and History (4:30–5:30 p.m.)
Love
True Self-Transcendence, False Wholes and Parts
History as Self-Preservation and Transcendence


Dinner 5:30 p.m.

Speaker

FR. ANSELM RAMELOW O.P.

FR. ANSELM RAMELOW O.P.

Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy Department Chair, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

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