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Phronesis, Faith, and the Task of Envisioning a Social Global Imaginary

11th annual meeting for the society for ricoeur studies


Thursday, October 5, 2017 • McElroy Commons, Boston College

7:30 p.m.

Informal Dinner in the Faculty Dining Room
McElroy Commons, Boston College

Welcome by Fr. Gary Gurtler (Associate Chair of Philosophy, Boston College)


Friday, October 6, 2017 • Corcoran Commons, Boston College

8:30 a.m.

Registration (Breakfast)

9:15 a.m.

Welcome by Dr. Todd Mei (Society President) and Dr. Richard Kearney (Boston College)
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

9:30 a.m.

Parallel A

Panel A1: Newton Room, Corcoran Commons
Moderator: Christine Rojcewicz

Phronetical Deliberation and Tolerance
Fernando Nascimento

Phronēsis and Tragic Wisdom
David Fisher

From text and to the Social Imaginary: Paul Ricoeur across tradition and innovation


Panel A2: Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Moderator: Geoffrey Dierckxsens

"So yo then what’s your story?”: David Foster Wallace, Paul Ricoeur,
and Narrative Identity

Greg McKinzie and Brian Tarpley

L’idéologie et l’utopie: quelle identité et responsabilité pour
l’avenir de l’humanité?

Adelaide Fins

Institutionalizing Philosophy
Rob Piercey


Panel A3: Boston Room, Corcoran Commons  

Panel: Interfaith Dialogue in a Post-Truth Discourse: Messianic Jews
Moderator: Dan Stiver

Joseph Edelheit
James Moore

11:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m.

Parallel B

Panel B1: Newton Room, Corcoran Commons
Moderator: Cristina Vendra

Critiquing the Circle of Ideology: A Psychoanalytic and Affective Examination
Stephanie Arel

Ricoeur’s “miracle of exchange of roles”: A Hopeful Platform for Repair of the Traumatized Global Social Imaginary
Jeffrey Sacks

Le sujet du traumatisme psychique et la culture de la psychologie clinique, de la psychiatrie transculturelle à la phénoménologie herméneutique
David-Le-Duc Thiaha


Panel B2: Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Moderator: Todd Mei

Phronesis, Faith and a Dystopic Liberal Global Ethic
John-Harmen Valk

A Global Imaginary? Phronesis, the Rule of Justice, and the Idea of a Common Humanity
Roger Savage

Phronesis in Narrative Imagination
Cristal Huang


Panel B3: Boston Room, Corcoran Commons

Graduate Panel 1: Ricoeur’s Metaphor and Ancient Greek Philosophy
Respondent: TBC

Ricoeur’s Metaphoric Process as Plato’s Chora
Marina Marren

Metaphor as Lexis: Ricoeur on Derrida on Aristotle
Sean Driscoll

The Course of Metaphor: Ricoeur on Following the ‘Self’
Hessam Dehghani


12:45 p.m.

Lunch (Heights Room)

2:00 p.m.

Presentation by Professor John Sallis, Boston College
McMullen, 2101 Commonwealth Ave

2:45 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

Business Meeting: Room 111
All delegates are invited to attend

4:00 p.m.


4:15 p.m.

Parallel C

Panel C1: Newton Room, Corcoran Commons
Moderator: Jim Sisson

Human Capability and Union with God: Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of Religion
Brian Gregor

Phronesis, Faith, and Violence: Narrative Identity and Rhetorical Praxis in Religious Communities
Christina M. Gschwandtner

The Ramayana, Into the Woods, and The Road
John Starkey


Panel C2: (Heights)
Moderator: Sean Driscoll

Beyond the Gendered Body: Paul Ricoeur and Narrating Gendered Space
Elyse Purcell

'Seeing-as' and Cognitive Content. An Epistemological View of the Theory of the Metaphor of Paul Ricoeuer
Chris Genovesi

The Poetics of Meaningful Work: Analogies to Speech Acts
Todd Mei


Panel C3: Boston Room, Corcoran Commons

Panel: Paul Ricoeur and Cornelius Castoriadis in Discussion
Moderator: Roger Savage

Castoriadis and Ricoeur on the Hermeneutic Spiral: Creation, Interpretation, Critique
Suzi Adams

On the Cusp: Ricoeur and Castoriadis at the Boundary
George Taylor

5:45 p.m.


6:00 p.m.

Commemoration of Pamela S. Anderson
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

6:15 p.m.

Keynote Address by Professor Richard Kearney, Boston College
The Ethics of Hospitality

Moderator: Stephanie Arel
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

7:45 p.m.



Saturday, October 7, 2017 •  Boston University School of Theology, Rooms: B19, B20, B21, B22

8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Parallel D

Panel D1: Room 20
Moderator: Rob Piercey

From Critical Hermeneutics to Critical Phronesis: Ricoeur’s Search
for the Just

Marc De Leeuw

The Subject of Rights as a Vulnerable Self: Reconstructing the
Identity of the Legal Subject through the Idea of Recognition

Guido Gorgoni

Ricoeur’s Political Philosophy and Its Implications for Civic Education
Dries Deweer


Panel D2: Room 21
Moderator: Sean Driscoll

‘Seeing-as’ et le contenu cognitif. Une vision épistémologique
de la théorie de la métaphore de Paul Ricoeur

Chris Genovesi

Curious Freedom: Weakness of Will from Augustine to Ricoeur
Adam Graves

The Poetics of Meaningful Work: Analogies to Speech Acts
Todd Mei


Panel D3: Room 22

Graduate Panel 2: Narrative (and) Identity
Respondent: TBC

Identity as Fluid and Relational: A Ricoeurian Challenge to
the Bioethics of Personal Identity

David Gibson

Paul Ricœur, le modèle narratif et les processus de justice.
Marie-Hélène Desmeule

Narrative Identity and Reductionism. A Comparison between
Paul Ricoeur and Daniel Dennett

Francesca d'Alessandris

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Keynote Address by Professor Sophie-Jan Arrien, Université Laval
Hubris et phronèsis. Sur la pratique philosophique de Paul Ricœur
Moderator: Timo Helenius
Room B19

12:15 p.m.


Lunch Break

1:30 p.m.

Parallel E

Panel E1: Room 20
Moderator: Sebastian Purcell

De la sospecha a la afirmación de la confianza-de sí: un gesto hermenéutico en la ética de la hospitalidad de Ricœur
Beatriz Contreras Tasso

At Least a Wager, Perhaps a Leap: Ricoeur’s Kierkegaard
Timo Helenius

Acting and Suffering, Fragility on the Way to Ethics
Morny Joy


Panel E2: Room 21
Not in Use

Panel E3: Room 22

Graduate Panel 3: Ricoeurian Ethics and Imagination
Respondent: TBC

Appropriation vs. Attestation: Ricoeur’s Crucial Contribution to a Non-rationalistic Conception of Rational Agency
Francesco Poggiani

The Ricoeurian ‘Social Imaginary’ and the Question of Intergenerationality
Nejma Tamoudi

Practical Wisdom among Disjointed Institutional Worlds: Ricoeur and Catholic Social Teaching in Dialogue
Michael Le Chevallier

3:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Panel: Digitization (Room 19)
Moderator: Todd Mei

This panel will report on the Digital Ricoeur project. The project is digitizing Ricoeur literature, making it available for research on a digital portal, and developing some sophisticated tools of analysis that any researcher can use on the portal. The panel will discuss the current state of the project, provide a live demonstration of the portal, and respond to audience questions.

Panelists: Michael Johnson, Fernando Nascimento, George Taylor

3:45 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

Parallel G

Panel G1: Room 20
Moderator: Christina M. Gschwandtner

Subtler Languages: Paul Ricoeur and Charles Taylor on the Poetics of Religion
Gustavo Garcia and Brian Gregor

Ricoeur’s Vow: Faith and Creative Fidelity in Ricoeur’s Later Life
Brad DeFord

Metaphor, Mimesis, Narrative and Identity in the Context of Paul Ricoeur’s Conception of Creativity
Hsueh-I Chen


Panel G2: Room 21
Moderator: Marina Marren

Narrative Unity, National Unity
Vita Emery

Paul Ricoeur and the Necessary Fiction of the Great War
Jim Sisson

Relation between Ricoeur and Arendt Regarding Narrative
Wen-Sheng Wang


Panel G3: Room 22   

Panel: Ricoeur’s Philosophy of Imagination
Moderator: Greg McKinzie

Imagination and Embodied Cognition: Applying Ricœur to Enactivism
Geoffrey Dierckxsens

Ricoeur’s Conception of Productive Imagination Reconsidered
Leen Verheyen

Imagination in Ricoeur: A Possibility of Re-enchantment?
Evelien Van Beeck
(via video link)

5:30 p.m.


5:45 p.m.

An Opportunity for a Communal Conversation: What Does Ricoeur Teach Us about Memorials, Monuments and Speech
Room 19

Moderators: Stephanie Arel (Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at ‎The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Visiting Scholar at New York University, USA), Joseph Edelheit (St. Cloud State University, USA)

"What was glory for some was humiliation for others. To celebration on once side corresponds execration on the other. In this way, symbolic words calling for healing are stored in the archives of the collective memory. More precisely, what, in historical experience, takes the form of paradox--namely, too much memory here, not enough memory there--can be reinterpreted in terms of the categories of resistance and compulsion to repeat, and finally can be found to undergo the ordeal of the difficult work of remembering". (Memory, History, Forgetting: 79)

"The question is then posed; is a sensible politics possible without something like a censure of memory?" (Memory, History, Forgetting: 500)

6:45 p.m.

Close of Conference and Reception

8:00 p.m.

Director's Dinner
(for Society Officers only)

* 2017 SRS Panel Abstracts-rev1.pdf
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* 2017 SRS Conference Abstracts-rev1.pdf
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