Peace and Understanding: A Ricoeurian View

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Peace and Understanding: A Ricoeurian View

September 14-16, 2023

Åbo Akademi University, Turku (Åbo), Finland

Paul Ricoeur’s philosophy is known for its emphasis on the unceasing conflict of interpretations. Taking this as Ricoeur’s philosophical grand thesis would, however, be gravely misleading. In spite of acknowledging such conflict Ricoeur always sided with the possibility of shared meaning, as well as of translation and communication between different cultural contexts. Moreover, Ricoeur stressed “living a good life with and for others in just institutions” as a summation of his ethico-political views.

This workshop on Ricoeur’s contribution to the questions of war, power, violence, social justice, interreligious understanding and reconciliation will explore the notion of peace in Ricoeur’s works from his early essays on Christian socialism to his last published work on recognition. Peace will be approached not merely as a social, political, ethical, or cultural concept but also as an existential and hermeneutical challenge and possibility.

Keynotes by Professor Brian Gregor (Philosophy Department, California State University) and Professor Marianne Moyaert (The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven). Panelist and moderator Dr Cristina Vendra (Assistant Professor at the University Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Czech Republic)

Venue and program

Abstracts of keynote lectures

Abstracts of the presentations during the paper sessions

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Systematic Theology, Faculty of Humanities, Psychology, and Theology, Åbo Akademi University

Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Psychology, and Theology, Åbo Akademi University

Polin Institute for Theological Research, Åbo Akademi University

The Donner Institute for Research into Religion and Culture,  Åbo Akademi University

The workshop has been made possible through financial support from the Faculty of Humanities, Psychology, and Theology and the Polin-institute.

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Prof. Björn Vikström,

Dr. Timo Helenius,