The Absolution of Spirit: Forgiveness in Hegel's Philosophy of Religion

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 3:00pmRice Aron Library, Reading Room

Talk by alumna Ursula Roessiger

In his philosophy of religion, Hegel advances the view that the only response to evil is to realize ourselves as absolving beings with the power to forgive. Such forgiveness requires that we freely give ourselves completely over to the other in such a way that we not only release the other human being, but ourselves as well. In this talk, alumna Ursula Roessiger asks the question: Can this practice of forgiveness adequately respond to contemporary evil? And if so, how? Ursula graduated from Marlboro College in 2010 with a BA in philosophy. She then spent a year in the MA program at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium before moving to Pennsylvania State University to pursue her doctoral degree. She received her PhD in August 2017 after defending her dissertation entitled, “A Metaphysics of Faith and Reason: Mystical and Trinitarian Elements in Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion,” and is now a post-doctoral fellow. Her research interests are in German Idealism, specifically Hegelian philosophy, medieval mysticism, and philosophy of religion. Ursula is especially interested in the historical, cultural, and intellectual intersections of theology and philosophy. 

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