Transcendence and Transformation Events Calendar

Transcendence and Transformation

November 15
Sophia and Sophiology: From Boehme to Schelling
Sean J. McGrath is a Canadian philosopher of religion who has published widely in the areas of hermeneutical phenomenology, psychoanalysis, German idealism, and ecology. He is Professor of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at McGill University. His most recent book is The Philosophical Foundations of the Late Schelling: The Turn to the Positive (Edinburg University Press, 2021).
Jacob Boehme may have been the first to have developed the Old Testament figure of Sophia, Yahweh’s eternal partner of Proverbs 8, into a metaphysical doctrine of divine androgyny. Beginning in his 1809 Freedom Essay, and continuing through to his 1841 Philosophy of Revelation, Schelling repeatedly returned to the Boehmian figure of Sophia, insisting that she was more than mere metaphor. Boehme's sophiology, according to Schelling, advanced a crucial metaphysical point, one that is as relevant to the philosophy of religion of today as it was 150 years ago.
November 18
Transcending Transcendence: Repentance and Hypernomian Transformation of Law
Annual List Lecture in Jewish Studies
Elliot R. Wolfson, a Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is the Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Distinguished Professor of Religion at University of California, Santa Barbara.
This lecture by Elliot Wolfson will examine the viability of a kabbalistic ideal of transformation from the vantage point of identifying repentance as the hypernomian foundation of the nomos, the grounding of the law in the ground that exceeds the law of the ground. I argue that the hallmark of religious nihilism is not antinomianism but the promulgation of the belief that impiety is the gesture of supreme piety. I will explore the subject of hypernomianism by a close analysis of the concept of infinitivity and its engendering in Derridean terms the law beyond the law, which he identified further as the nonjuridical ideal of justice, the gift of forgiveness, the aspect of pure mercy in relation to which it is no longer viable to distinguish guilt and innocence.