David Farrell Krell / William McNeill

4-5.30pm | Wednesday 1 April 2009
Lecture Room, Faculty of Philosophy, 10 Merton Street, University of Oxford

David Farrell Krell, Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University, US, and the University of Freiburg, Germany
William McNeill, Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University, US

The context of dialogue is the currently strong contrast between, on the one hand, a sense of the expansion of secularism and, on the other, a sense of a revival of an engagement with religious concerns. A central question here is whether contemporary secularism does not hide a deeper level a more subtle manifestation of religiosity, one that might event take the form of a religiosity without God. The dialogue will see to develop this issue in the context of Nietzsche’s proclamation of the death of God, the invocation of the flight of the gods in Hölderlin’s poetizing, and the significance of these experiences for Heidegger’s thought – a significance inevitably linked the role of gods in Greek tragedy.