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What is Freedom? Some Reflections on Augustine

May 25 2018 3pm
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Olivier Boulnois

Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes, Catholic Institute of Paris

Jean-Luc Marion

University of Chicago

Willemien Otten

University of Chicago Divinity School

Ryan Coyne

University of Chicago

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A lecture by Olivier Boulnois with responses by Jean-Luc Marion and Willemien Otten, and moderated by Ryan Coyne.

Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Theology Club at the Divinity School.

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Olivier Boulnois is Professor of Philosophy at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. His work focuses on the history of medieval philosophy and metaphysics. He is the author of several books, including Métaphysiques rebelles, Genese et structures d'une science au Moyen Age (2013) and Lire le Principe d'individuation de Duns Scot (2014).


Jean-Luc Marion is the Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Theology and professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, and holds the Dominique Dubarle chair at the Institut Catholique de Paris. He is also Professor Emeritus of Modern Philosophy and Metaphysics at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) and is a member of the Académie Française. Among his books are In the Self’s Place: The Approach of Saint Augustine, God Without Being, and The Erotic Phenomenon. In 2014 he delivered the Gifford Lectures on Givenness and Revelation.


Willemien Otten is Professor of Theology and the History of Christianity; also in the College; Associate Faculty in the Department of History, Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. She holds an M.A. and PhD from the University of Amsterdam. Otten studies the history of Christianity and Christian thought with a focus on the Western medieval and the early Christian intellectual tradition, including the continuity of Platonic themes. She is coeditor of Eriugena and Creation (2014), On Religion and Memory (2013), and the Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (430–2000) (2013). Her most recent project is entitled “Natura Educans: The Psychology of Pantheism from Eriugena to Emerson.”


Ryan Coyne is Associate Professor of of Philosophy of Religions and Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He holds an M.A. and PhD from the University of Chicago. Coyne studies the relationship between modern European philosophy and the history of Christian theology, and is author of Heidegger’s Confessions: The Remains of Saint Augustine in “Being and Time” & Beyond (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and A Spectacle for the Gods: Nietzsche and the Question of Faith (forthcoming). He is recipient of the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlager Award for Theological Promise.