Especially in the twentieth century, philosophers writing from both Jewish and Catholic perspectives have reflected deeply on the relationship between aesthetics and religious faith and practice.  In both streams of thought, one finds commonalities and differences concerning the role of the visual arts, architecture, music, and literature in religious life and of religion in artistic creation and appreciation.  This conference brings together a group of scholars working on Jewish and Catholic aesthetics for purposes of fruitful dialogue.  

These events are sponsored by the Robert H. Taylor Chair in Philosophy.  For more information, contact


8:30 am (Pacific) Jeffrey Wilson (LMU) Organizer’s Welcome and Introductions 
8:45 am Robert Clewis (Gwynedd Mercy), “Aesthetic Normativity in Freiburg: Jonas Cohn as an Alternative to Kant?” - Commentator: Charles A. Gillespie 
9:35 am Break 
9:40 am Stephen Chamberlain (Rockhurst), “Poetic Art as Gateway to the Infinite” - Commentator: Robert Clewis 
10:30 am Break

10:35 am Benjamin Fisher (UC Davis), “The Critique of Myth in Hermann Cohen’s Aesthetic Thought"  - Commentator: Stephen Chamberlain 
11:25 am Break 
11:30 am Charles A. Gillespie (Sacred Heart), “Splendor, Spectacle, and Performance: Balthasar’s Dramatic Antidote to Aestheticism” - Commentator:  Benjamin Fisher 
12:20 pm Jeffrey Wilson (LMU) Closing Remarks
12:30 pm finish 


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