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Religion & Postmodernism 3: Confessions
September 27-29, 2001

The Conference will be held as scheduled, despite the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The third international colloquium of philosophers and theologians will address the relevance of Augustine’s Confessions at the onset of  the new millennium.


  • a dialogue with Jacques Derrida on Augustine and “Circumfession”

  • major Augustinian scholars on the Confessions today,

  • leading continentalist thinkers discussing readings of the Confessions by Martin Heidegger, Paul Ricoeur,Jean-François Lyotard and Hannah Arendt.  


Sponsored by:
The Josephine C. Connelly Chair of Theology
The David R. Cook Chair of Philosophy

Conference Speakers:

Jacques Derrida


Geoffrey Bennington
Emory University  

" 'Time -- for the truth':  Augustine, Derrida, Lyotard"
Philippe Capelle
Institut Catholique de Paris

"Heidegger: Reader of Augustine"

Elizabeth Clark

Duke University
 "On Not Retracting the Unconfessed"

Jean Bethke Elshtain

University of Chicago
"What's Political About Augustine?"

Richard Kearney

Boston College and University College, Dublin
 "Time, Evil and Narrative Identity:  Ricoeur's Reading of Augustine"

Catherine Malabou

Universite de Paris, Nanterre

"The form of an I: Derrida's Circonfession"
James J. O'Donnell
University of Pennsylvania

"What Augustine Did  Not Confess"
Mark Vessey
University of British Columbia

Canada Research Chair in Literature / Christianity and Culture

"What is literature? On a confession of Jacques Derrida"
Hent de Vries
Universiteit van Amsterdam

"Instances:  temporal modes in Augustine, Lyotard, and Derrida"

Conference Coordinators:

John D. Caputo
David R. Cook Chair of Philosophy

Michael J. Scanlon, O.S.A.
Josephine C. Connelly Chair of Theology


European Coordinator:
Mark Dooley
University College Dublin

All sessions will be held at the Connelly Center


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