International Congress on Hermeneutics

at St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure, NY


May 5-10, 2002


Between the Human and the Divine:

Philosophical and Theological Hermeneutics



Sunday, May 5, 2002




2:00-4:00         Registration


4:00                 Welcome Address

Dr. R. J. Wickenheiser, President of St. Bonaventure University


4:15                             Welcome and Inaugural Address: The Hermeneutic Retrieval of a Theological Insight: Verbum Interius

Andrzej Wiercinski, International Institute for Hermeneutics


6:00                 Opening banquet


Monday, May 6, 2002


Philosophical Hermeneutics




7:30‑9:00            Breakfast


9:00-9.30            Philosophical Hermeneutics: Origins, Tenets, Implications

Gary Madison, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada


9.30-10:00            Hermeneutical Finitude from Schleiermacher to Derrida

Merold Westphal, Fordham University, USA


10.00-10.30            Husserl and the ‘Infinite Task’ of Hermeneutics

R. Philip Buckley, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


10.30-10.45         Coffee break


10.45-11.15            The Experience of Truth in Heidegger and Gadamer

Graeme Nicholson, University of Toronto, Canada


11.15-11.45            Between the Human and the Divine: On the Question of the In-Between

Nicholas Davey, University of Dundee, UK


11.45-12.30            Podium discussion

Moderator Graeme Nicholson


12-30-1.30      Lunch




2.00‑2.30            The New Proximity Between Theology and Philosophy

Jean Grondin, Université de Montréal, Canada


2.30-3.00            The Anti-foundationalism of Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics

Andrzej Bronk, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski, Lublin, Poland


3.00-3.15             Coffee break


3.15-3.45             Heideggerian Ontology and Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics

Richard E. Palmer, MacMurray College, USA


3.45-4.15         Between Philosophy and Theology: Ricoeur’s Testimony of the Self

John van den Hengel, Université Saint-Paul, Ottawa, Canada


4.15-4.45             The Remembrance of Art

Daniel Tate, St. Bonaventure University, USA


4.45-5.15         Ethics, Representation, Iconoclasm

James DiCenso, University of Toronto, Canada


5.15-6.00            Podium discussion

Moderator: Jean Grondin


6.00-7.00         Dinner




8:00                 The Age of Interpretation

Lecture by Gianni Vattimo, Università di Torino, Italy


Tuesday May 7, 2002


Theological Hermeneutics




7:30‑9:00            Breakfast


9.00-9.30            The Basic Hermeneutic Question in Theology: Can Man Hear a Wordly

Self-Revelation of God?

Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany


9.30 -10.00      Inspiration as the Basis of Biblical Interpretation: Karl Barth on Case Specific Hermeneutics

David Demson, University of Toronto, Canada


10.00-10.30            Hermeneutics and the Word of the Cross: A Protestant Contribution

John C. Robertson, Jr., McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada


10.30-10.45            Coffee break


10.45-11.15     Basic Principles of Philosophical and Theological Hermeneutics in Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theo-Logic

Markus Enders, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg i.Br., Germany


11.15-11.45     A Philosophical and Systematic Approach to Original Sin

Michael Schulz, Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano, Switzerland


11.45 -12.30            Podium discussion (in German)

Moderator: Gerhard Ludwig Müller


12-30-1.30      Lunch



2.00-2.30            On Not Submitting to God’s Righteousness: Jacob’s “Reading” of God

Samuel Ajzenstat, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada


2.30‑3.00         Why Read? Jewish Thought and Biblical Narrative

Robert Gibbs, University of Toronto, Canada


3.00-3.15            Coffee break


3.15-3.45         The Rule of Love and the Testimony of the Spirit in Contemporary Biblical Hermeneutics

Mark I. Wallace, Swarthmore College, USA


3.45-4.15            A Hermeneutics of Law: Kristeva, Zizek, and the Case for Hypocrisy

 Jeffrey W. Robbins, St. Bonaventure University, USA


4.15-4.45         Understanding in Christian Faith and Obedience: Oliver O’Donovan’s Evangelical Ethics and the Foundations of Christian Hermeneutics

Holger Zaborowski, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg i.Br., Germany


4.45-5.15         Hermeneutics of Evil: From Paul Ricoeur to Franz von Baader

Emmanuel Tourpe, Center of Blondel's Archives, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium


5.15-6.00            Podium discussion

Moderator: Mark Wallace


6.00-7.00         Dinner




8:00                 Analogico-Iconic Hermeneutics and Theology

Lecture by Mauricio Beuchot, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico


Wednesday May 8, 2002


Hermeneutic Praxis




7:30‑8:30         Breakfast


8.30-9.00            The Hermeneutic Revolution and the Future ofTheology

Frederick Lawrence, Boston College, USA


9.00-9.30         The Forgetting of Haecceitas: Heidegger’s 1915-16 Habilitationsschrift

Sean McGrath, University of Toronto, Canada


9.30-10.00       Religious Life, Facticity, and the Question of the Self: The Early Heidegger’s Hermeneutics of Religious Texts

Hans-Helmuth Gander, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg i.Br., Germany


10.00-10.15     Coffee break


10.15-10.45     A Hermeneutic Reading of Medieval Theological Sources: The Case of John Duns Scotus’s Reportatio I-A, Dist. 27

Oleg Bychkov, St. Bonaventure University, USA


10.45- 11.15    The Hermeneutics of Discourse and the Reconstruction of the Past

John Mulryan, St. Bonaventure University, USA


11.15-11.45     Hermeneutics and the Just

James Fodor, St. Bonaventure University, USA


11.45-12.30     Podium discussion

Moderator: Frederick Lawrence


12-30-1.30      Lunch



2.00‑2.30         Truth in Time and History: Hermeneutics and the Truth that Strikes Back

James Risser, Seattle University, USA


2.30-3.00            At Arm's Length: Theology, Hermeneutics, and Ricoeur's Double Life

Boyd Blundell, Boston College, USA


3.00-3.15            Coffee break


3.15-3.45         Simone Weil Between Paganism and the Bible: A Hermeneutic Dialogue with Ricoeur, Lévinas, Schelling, and Pascal

Emmanuel Gabellieri, Université Catholique de Lyon, France


3.45-4.15         Inquiring into the Primary Model: Yi Jing and Chinese Ontological Hermeneutics

Chung-ying Cheng,University of Hawai at Manoa, USA


4.15- 4.45        From Philosophical Hermeneutics to Depth Hermeneutics: Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Carl Gustav Jung

Jaroslav Hroch, Masarykovy Univerzity, Brno, Czech Republic


4.45-5.15         Anselm Kiefer: The Work of Art as Performance and Transformation of Theological Meaning

Xavier John Seubert OFM, St. Bonaventure University, USA


5.15-6.00         Podium discussion

Moderator: Xavier John Seubert


6.00-7.00         Dinner




8:00                             Idiomatic Life: Exile, Translation, Waste

Lecture by Félix Duque Pajuelo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


Thursday, May 9, 2002


New Prospects for Hermeneutics




9.00-9.30         Systematic Theology and Hermeneutics

Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, The Divinity School, Harvard University, USA


9.30-10.00       The God of the Possible: Towards a New Hermeneutics of Religion

Richard Kearney, Boston College, USA


10.00-10.30     Hermeneutics and the Transcendence of Understanding

Donatella Di Cesare, Università degli Studi di Roma I, La Sapienza, Italy


10.30-10.45     Coffee break


10.45-11.15     Hermeneutics and the Politics of Identity

Morny Joy, University of Calgary, Canada


11.15-11.45     Interpreting Practices, Sustaining Differences: Deconstruction as Hermeneutical Praxis

Ellen Armour, Rhodes College, USA


11.45-12.30     Podium discussion

Moderator Francis Schüssler Fiorenza


12-30-1.30      Lunch




2.30 - 5.00       Hermeneutics in the Academic Curriculum

Panel Discussion


Learning, Forgetting, and Hermeneutical Pedagogy

Donald Lococo, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Canada


Education in the Humanities: Processing Data or Learning to Think

Sean McGrath, University of Toronto, Canada


Too Much Suspicion: Teaching Casual Relativists to Think

Boyd Blundell, Boston College, USA


6.00                 Farewell buffet dinner



Friday, May 10, 2001


Departure day


7:30-9:00         Breakfast


9:00-1:00         Optional trip to the Niagara Falls