Thursday 15 March 2012

Nicholas Wolterstorff Lecture in Toronto - April 27

In conjunction with the Social Justice and Human Rights Conference to be presented by the ICS Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics and Emmanuel College in late April, Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff will give a public lecture titled “Must Love and Justice Forever Be at Odds?” Dr. Wolterstorff is the Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology Emeritus from Yale University and he will be one of the keynote speakers at the conference.

For nearly two millennia, discussions in the West about love and justice have emphasized the tension or incompatibility between them. In his lecture, Dr. Wolterstorff will point to the paradoxes this view yields. Then he will present a different understanding of love and justice: Love incorporates justice; they are not in tension, even though love often goes beyond what justice requires.

This event will be held at 8:00 pm on Friday, April 27 at Northrop Frye Hall (University of Toronto) and is open to the general public. A reception with refreshments will follow the lecture, with an opportunity to meet the guest speaker. Admission to this event is only $10 (in advance). Advance tickets can be ordered through the registration section of the conference website or call Kathy at ICS, 416-979-2331 ext 221. The Northrop Frye building is located close to the TTC Museum station and U. of T. pay parking lots are available in the vicinity.

Everyone is invited to attend this engaging lecture!

Interfaculty Colloquium March 21

The final session of the Toronto Interfaculty Colloquium for the current academic year will be hosted by the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 21. At this session, Prof. John Berkman will present a paper titled “The Ethical Architecture of Adolf Loos: a Historical-Cultural Analysis.” Dr. Berkman is Associate Professor of Moral Theology at Regis College and Director of the Lupina Centre for Spirituality, Healthcare and Ethics. Following Prof. Berkman’s presentation, ICS Associate Professor of Philosophy of the Arts and Culture Dr. Rebekah Smick will provide a commentary and Dr. Lambert Zuidervaart will moderate a group discussion of the colloquium participants. The Interfaculty Colloquium takes place at the Toronto School of Theology.

Ron Kuipers Interviews Richard Kearney

ICS Senior Member Ron Kuipers has conducted a three-part interview with Irish philosopher Richard Kearney. The first part of this interview, titled “Evil, Ethics and the Imagination” is published in The Other Journal, an online journal. To read this interview visit