Conservation as Conversation

Oct 14, 2015
Classics 110
1010 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Rémi Brague Sorbonne, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Rémi Brague (Sorbonne, University of Munich)
Cosponsored by the France Chicago Center
If the contrary of civilization is barbarism, we have to take seriously the etymology of the latter word, i.e. the inability to engage in a conversation. Conversation presupposes some continuity. First, with the past that may have something to teach us (which is the meaning of “conservatism”), then with nature that is not a mere quarry or pantry, but has something to tell us as well, and finally with God as creator in the Logos.

Rémi Brague is Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Religious Philosophy at the Sorbonne and Romano Guardini Chair of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. In 2012, he was awarded the Ratzinger Prize for Theology. He is author of numerous books on classical and medieval culture, religion, literature, and law, including Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization and Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea.