Pontifical University of the Holy Cross: Hildebrand Conference, Spring 2010

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The Christian Personalism of Dietrich von Hildebrand:

Exploring His Philosophy of Love

Convened by the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project

in collaboration with the the School of Philosophy of the

Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Rome, May 27-29, 2010

Hildebrand Conference 2010

Hildebrand Conference 2010

In recent years we have seen a renaissance of interest in the thought and personality of Dietrich von Hildebrand. This re-emergence of a great intellectual, cultural, and spiritual legacy is in part the fruit of The Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project. Established in 2004, the Legacy Project exists not only to translate and publish the writings of von Hildebrand in English, but also to undertake initiatives that facilitate the wider reception of his many contributions.

The Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project is now convening an international conference in Rome for the purpose of initiating the critical reception of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s great work, The Nature of Love, published in 2009 for the first time in English translation.

We entitle our conference, The Christian Personalism of Dietrich von Hildebrand: Exploring His Philosophy of Love, because we want our study of his treatise on love to stand in the service of what he once called “the struggle for the person.” We want our discussions about love to lead us back to questions about the dignity and destiny of the human person, and especially about the capacity of the human person to encounter the other by making a gift of self to the other. We are organizing the conference on the assumption that one cannot make sense of the human person apart from his or her capacity for loving and being loved.

Our conference will be interdisciplinary. Though von Hildebrand was in the first place a philosopher, he was also a man of faith, and so it is only natural for theologians to join the philosophers at our conference. As a gifted phenomenologist of the human spirit, von Hildebrand also has something important to say to those working in psychology and counseling. There are also powerful and suggestive themes in von Hildebrand for those rooted in the creative imagination, whether in literature and poetry or even in the performing arts. And persons who work to bring into the public square the truth about love and about man and woman will find in von Hildebrand’s work on love an invaluable resource.

Though we convene this conference in a spirit of profound respect and gratitude for the master, we in no way mean to offer an uncritical celebration of his ideas. Conference participants, hopefully representing various philosophical and theological positions, are invited to enter into a lively engagement and debate with von Hildebrand’s work. Without such debate our conference would not be fully philosophical and therefore would not be in the spirit of von Hildebrand himself. Our deliberations should be guided by the same quest for truth which is the golden thread of von Hildebrand’s thought and personality. (continua)

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