Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher
September 26-28, 2014 – Berlin
The study of Maximus the Confessor’s thought has flourished in recent years: annual international conferences, publications and articles, new critical editions and translations mark a torrent of interest in the work and influence of the most sublime of the Byzantine Fathers. It has been repeatedly stated that the Confessor’s thought is of eminently philosophical interest, and his work has been approached from a philosophical point of view in a number of monographs. However, no dedicated collective scholarly engagement with Maximus the Confessor as a Philosopher has taken place – and this colloquium will attempt to start such a discussion. Apart from Maximus’ relevance and importance for philosophy in general, a second question arises: should towering figures of Byzantine philosophy like Maximus the Confessor be included in an overview of the European continent’s history of philosophy, or rather excluded from it – as happens today with most histories of European philosophy? Maximus’ historical presence challenges our understanding of what European philosophy is. In this colloquium, we will begin to address these issues and examine numerous aspects of Maximus’ philosophical ‘system’: the logoi doctrine, Maximus’ anthropology and the human will’s freedom, the theory of motion, his understanding of time and space etc. – thereby also stressing the interdisciplinary character of Maximian studies.
Organizing Committee: PD Dr. Sebastian Lalla (Freie Universität Berlin), Sotiris Mitralexis (Freie Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr. Georgios Arabatzis (University of Athens), Prof. Dr. Georgios Steiris (University of Athens). Poster image: detail from George Kordis’ icon “St Maximus the Confessor contemplating the λόγοι of beings“.
Visiting Professor of Patristics – Holy Cross, Brookline MA
SNFS Professor of Medieval Philosophy – University of Lausanne
Professor of the History of Philosophy – Sv. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia
Fr. Nikolaos Loudovikos
Professor of Theology – University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki
Fr. Andrew Louth
Emeritus Professor of of Patristic and Byzantine Studies – Durham University
Fr. John Panteleimon Manoussakis
Associate Professor of Philosophy – College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA
Professor of Philosophy – University of Oslo
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy – Panteion University, Athens
and a significant number of short papers.