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January 11, 2020

Teleology and Transcendence

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

Time & Location

January 11, 2020

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.

Required reading:

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

https://www.communio-icr.com/files/45.3_Ramelow_WEB.pdf

Suggested reading:

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'?"

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 569-577
Nature and Violence 577-582


Personhood and Solipsism (3:15 - 4:15 p.m.)
Self-Transcendence, Happiness and Solipsism 582-591
Stepping Beyond Oneself: Personhood 591-598

 

Ethics and History (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)
Love 598-600
True Self-Transcendence, False Wholes and Parts 600-606
History as Self-Preservation and Transcendence 606-612

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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