The Contribution of Theology to Rationality: a Conference in Honor of Jean-Luc Marion

Nov 24, 2022
Swift Hall
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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This event is co-sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute and organized by the Martin Marty Center. For more information about the speakers, visit

This conference is held in honor of Jean-Luc Marion (Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Theology, and Professor in Social Thought and Philosophy). It brings together scholars to give lectures that reflect Marion's past and current interests, highlight and honor his many contributions, and outline and define what he has meant for the Chicago tradition of doing theology as a conversation between reason and revelation.





2:00 - 3:30 PM – Opening session I: Metaphysics and Mysticism

Remi Brague, Paris – "Christ as Metaphysician"
Bernard McGinn, Chicago – "Mystical Knowing and the Limits of Reason"

3:30 - 4:00 PM – Tea and coffee break

4:00 - 5:30 PM – Opening session II: Revelation

Sarah Hammerschlag – "Religion of Revelation: Levinas’s Long Escape"
Joseph Cohen, Dublin – "Revealing Sacrifice"



9:00 - 10:30 AM – Session I: Givenness and Finitude

Françoise Meltzer, Chicago – "Enigmas of the Gift: the Perspective of Jean-Luc Marion"
Robert Pippin, Chicago – "Thought’s Finitude?"

10:30 - 11:00 AM – Tea and coffee break

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM – Session II: Reason’s Boundaries

Hent de Vries, New York – "The Apocalyptic Motif"
Jeff Kosky, Lexington VA – "A Discipline that is not Scientific"

2:00 - 4:00 PM – Session III: Confession and Manifestation

Philipp Büttgen, Paris – "On Confessing"
Willemien Otten, Chicago – "Pure Nature or Right Reason: Medieval Grace Reconsidered"
Olivier Boulnois, Paris – "The Manifestation of Charity"

4:00 - 4:30 PM – Tea and coffee break

4:30 - 6:30 PM – Session IV: Decentering Tradition

Thomas Carlson, Santa Barbara – "Translating Decisions (on the Intentionality of Love)"
Ryan Coyne, Chicago – "The Center is Everywhere"
Amy Hollywood, Cambridge MA – "Where Theology Happens"

6:30 - 8:30 PM – Reception



9:30 - 11:30 AM – Session I: Revelation and Forms of Practice

William Schweiker, Chicago – "Revelation of the Good?"
Hans Joas, Berlin – "A Pragmatist Understanding of Revelation"
Dwight Hopkins, Chicago – "Faith Plus Wealth Equals Freedom"

1:30-4:00 PM: Session II – Insights from the Abrahamic Traditions

David Nirenberg, Princeton – "Mathematics and Monotheism: Problems of Sameness and Difference in Christianity and Islam"
Mehdi Azaïez, Louvain-la-Neuve – "D’ailleurs, le Coran. An Islamicist Reads Jean-Luc Marion’s Concept of Revelation"
Sarah Coakley, Alexandria VA – "On Christian Revelation and Apophaticism: A Premodern versus Modern Dilemma?"

4:00 - 4:30 PM – Tea and coffee break

4:30 - 5:30 PM – Jean-Luc Marion, Paris/Chicago: Farewell Address

“The Phenomenality of Revelation: The Parabolic and the Paradoxical”