Conor CunninghamUniversity of Nottingham
Open to current students and faculty. Lunch will be served. A PDF of the reading will be provided when you register. Cosponsored by the Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine.
a luncheon discussion with philosopher Conor Cunningham (University of Nottingham) on his current research project, which will be published as Soul and the Marriage of Discourse: Theology as Effective Theory.
The question of the relation between the sciences and that of the Humanities has been a source of tension ever since the advent of Modernity. Over the last hundred years this has only grown more pronounced, not only between the Humanities and the sciences (both social and natural), but within the natural sciences, as there has been an internecine jostling for priority, especially considering high-energy physics’ pursuit of a Theory of Everything, a ‘master science’.
Wittgenstein warned us of such temptation: ‘A main cause of philosophical disease—a one sided diet: one nourishes one’s thinking with only one kind of example’. More powerfully, Dostoevsky in his own inimitable manner warns: ‘Half-knowledge is a tyrant without precedent, one that has its own priests and slaves; a tyrant that is worshipped with unprecedented awe and adulation and before which science itself fawns and cringes’.
Against such apartheid, and its concomitant ‘theocracy’, this research project develops an original, expansive and mutually beneficial understanding of the relation between different modes of knowledge (scientia) that eliminates such conflicts, whilst concurrently encouraging synthetic engagements with existence that do not discourage specialisms; rather they provide space for them.
"Theology as Effective Theory: A Metaphysics of Mixt"
"Soul and the Marriage of Discourse"
Prof. Cunningham will also give a talk on June 11 at Loyola University Chicago's Water Tower Campus on "Saving Darwin's Soul and Science's Life."
Conor Cunningham is Associate Professor in Theology and Philosophy, and Director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham. Prof. Cunningham has degrees in Law, Philosophy, and Theology. He did his PhD at the University of Cambridge. His prize-winning research has been translated into many languages including: French, Polish, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Russian. He is the author of Genealogy of Nihilism: Philosophies of Nothing and the Difference of Theology (2002), He is also the author of the award-winning book Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra Darwinists and Creationists Both Get it Wrong (2010).The third part of this trilogy is forthcoming: Soul and the Marriage of Discourse: The Return of Scientia. In addition, Prof. Cunningham was the writer and presenter of the multi-award-winning BBC documentary “Did Darwin Kill God?”