Richard Kearney + Joseph Prabhu
Philosophers Richard Kearney (pictured) and Joseph Prabhu explore the interstices of the world religions in an attempt to find common ground.
This event is part of The Road That Teaches series that complements the exhibition Pilgrimage and Faith (July 1, 2011 - October 24, 2011). The Road that Teaches is a Wednesday evening conversation series, exploring the nature of faith and pilgrimage, between two people from different walks of life and differing spiritual experiences.
Richard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College and serves as a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and the University of Nice. He is the author of over 20 books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited 14 more. He was formerly a member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College Dublin. As a public intellectual in Ireland, he was involved in drafting a number of proposals for a Northern Irish peace agreement (1983, 1993, 1995). He has presented five series on culture and philosophy for Irish and/or British television and broadcast extensively on the European media.
Recent publications include a trilogy entitled Philosophy at the Limit. The three volumes are On Stories (Routledge, 2002), The God Who May Be (Indiana UP, 2001) and Strangers, Gods, and Monsters (Routledge, 2003). Since then, Richard Kearney has published Debates in Continental Philosophy (Fordham, 2004), The Owl of Minerva (Ashgate, 2005), Navigations (Syracuse University Press, 2007) and Anatheism (Columbia, 2009). Richard Kearney is international director of the Guestbook Project--Hosting the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality.
Joseph Prabhu is professor of philosophy at California State University Los Angeles and his writing and teaching spans metaphysics and ethics to comparative religion and social and political theory. His latest books are Liberating Gandhi: Community, Empire and a Culture of Peace, Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspective and Hegel, India and the Dark Face of Modernity in which he brings philosophical and spiritual perspectives to bear on ethical and political issues. He is a former editor of the journal ReVision, a quarterly dealing with issues of philosophy, spirituality and psychology. Prof. Prabhu is active in peace, human rights and inter-religious movements, local, national and international. He was a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University and at the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago.
He has been the President of the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy (2008-2010), a member of the Board of Trustees, Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, and the Program Chair for the Melbourne Parliament, 2009, the Program Chair of the Philosophy of Religion section of the American Academy of Religion, and the local (Los Angeles) Chair of the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World's Religions (SSCPWR).
Richard Kearney appears courtesy Imagine Ireland