Academic Lecture Catherine Chalier: The Asymmetry of Love

On december 6th, Chris Doude van Troostwijk affiliated to the Mennonite Seminary (VU) organises an Academic Lecture at the faculty Religion and Theology.

11/21/2018 | 2:59 PM

181121 Catherine_ChalierKeynote will held by the French philosopher Catherine Chalier, expert and co-worker of Emmanuel Levinas. The lectures and responses will be held in English.

Not only traditional Christian, but also secular thinkers have often downplayed the love dimension of Judaism by equating it with pure legalism. In her lecture, the well-known philosopher Catherine Chalier will propose a critique of this reductive idea, without however neglecting the difference between the two Biblical traditions.

Proposing a genuine Jewish interpretation of love, Chalier departs from Levinas’ notion of an ethical asymmetry in inter-personal relations in order to apply it equally to the specific love relation. Her approach points pars pro toto to the urgent issue of the nowadays increasing popular, political and even academic over-simplifications of religious identities and relationships.

Catherine Chalier is a retired professor of philosophy at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre. She is an internationally recognized expert on Jewish philosophy (Spinoza, Rosenzweig, and the Chassidic Tradition), former collaborator of Levinas, editor of his post-humous works, and translator as well author of numerous books on the subject.

Lecture: Catherine Chalier
Responses: Dirk Martin Grube, Chris Doude van Troostwijk

More information: www.vrijzinnigetheologie.com.

Admission free, but please register: i.speckmann@vu.nl.