Natural and Revealed Theology in the German Enlightenment
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The conference aims to explore original perspectives on theological-related subjects in the German Enlightenment up to Kant, with particular focus on the Late Enlightenment. Over the last few decades, the relevance of the theology of the Enlightenment has gained unprecedented momentum among scholars of the eighteenth century, going well beyond its traditional boundaries and arenas. The rapidly growing interest in the topic is reflected in an intense editorial activity that brought attention to lesser known texts. Key issues such as secularization and re-sacralization have raised questions that touch upon a range of disciplines. It is now clear that particularly during the second half of the eighteenth century metaphysics, aesthetics, epistemology, politics, ethnology, and the arts benefitted from fruitful exchanges with theology, resulting in a range of new approaches to the relation between the human and the divine.
Venue: Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, Humanities division (1 Dimitrie Brandza str.)
Thursday, 23 May 2019
9.30-10.30 Stefanie Buchenau (Paris) Physicotheology as a Guide for the Life Sciences. Reimarus’ Treatise on The Noblest Truths of Natural Religion
10.30-10.45 Coffee break
10.45-11.45 Jan L. Propach (Munich) Leibniz on Socinianism, the Holy Trinity, and Divine Simplicity
11.45-12.45 Owen Pikkert (Toronto) Leibniz on the Cosmological Argument
14.00-15.00 Lloyd Strickland (Manchester) Prémontval on Natural and Rational Theology
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.15 Gideon Stiening (Munich) Natürliche Theologie bei Wolff und Feder
16.15-17.15 Paola Basso (Milan) The Struggle on the Mathematical Method in Theology during the German Enlightenment
17.15-17.30 Coffee break
17.30-18.30 Maria Florutau (Oxford) A Transylvanian Perspective on God Presented as Force of Matter in the Berlin Academy during the Late Enlightenment
Friday, 24 May 2019
09.30-10.30 Paola Rumore (Turin) Buddeus’s Defense of Natural and Revealed Religion
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.00 Endre Szécsényi (Aberdeen/Budapest) Natural Religion and the Aesthetic in Early Modern Europe: Some Intellectual Historical Models
12.00-13.00 Alessandro Nannini (Bucharest) The Anthropologization of Spiritual Emotions in Lutheranism around 1750
14.30-15.30 Gianluca Paolucci (Rome) «Komm! siehe und fühle Gott!»: Performative Theology in Johann Gottfried Herder’s Älteste Urkunde des Menschengeschlechts
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.00 Jason Yonover (Hamburg/Baltimore) Mendelssohn and Salomon Maimon on Religion and Superstition
17.00-18.00 Razvan Ioan (Bucharest) Kant’s Immanent God in the Opus Postumum
The conference is organized within the framework of the research project Progress through Eclecticism? The Redefinition of Metaphysics at the Berlin Academy in the Second Half of the 18th Century, funded by UEFISCDI-CNCS (PN-III-P1-1-TE-2016-2299)
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