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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: The Concept of Eternity and its development in the History of Philosophy", 19-20 Dec 2011, Bochum, GERMANY

Since Antiquity eternity has been thought to describe a particular kind of existence that belongs 
exclusively to what truly exists.  Within the history of philosophy there have in general been two 
different major conceptions of eternity:  (1) eternity as timeless existence and (2) eternity as 
existence at all times.  Both conceptions are meant to contrast with the ordinary existence of 
everyday things, such as dogs and chairs, that come to be and pass away.

In contemporary philosophy the concept of eternity as such is no longer fashionable, but even here 
one might characterize the proponents of realism in the philosophy of mathematics and of timeless 
propositions in the philosophy of language (that is, that propositions are entities whose existence
is independent of anyone's thinking or uttering them) as defenders of some notion of eternity.  
Moreover, the concept of eternity has a strong claim to being a point of interest that connects 
many fields outside of the traditional boundaries of philosophy, e.g., theology and biblical 
exegesis and literature (cf. J.L. Borges).

The aim of this conference is to elucidate and analyze the concept of eternity in its historical 
and philosophical dimensions.

The conference will be funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft DFG.

In order to achieve an understanding of this concept that extends across traditional historical 
boundaries, each of the following areas will form the focus of an individual study, each presented 
by an internationally acclaimed expert in the field:

Antiquity and Late Antiquity:  Prof. James Wilberding (Ruhr-Universitt, Bochum, Deutschland) 
Medieval Philosophy:  Prof. Peter Adamson (King's College, London, UK) Early Modern Philosophy:  
Prof. Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University, USA) 19th Century Philosopy:  Prof. Alistair 
Welchman (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA) 20th Century
Philosophy:  Prof. Kris McDaniel (Syracuse University, USA)

In addition the following commentators will be invited to respond to each of these presentations, 
leading to an open discussion with participants in the audience:

Antiquity and Late Antiquity: 	Prof. Dr. Christoph Horn (Universitt Bonn)
Medieval Philosophy: 	Prof. em. Dr. Hinrich Biesterfeldt (Ruhr-Universitt 
Early Modern Philosophy: 	Dr. Stephan Schmid (Humboldt-Universitt 
Berlin, Germany)
19th Century Philosopy: 	Prof. Judith Norman (Trinity University, Texas, 
20th Century Philosophy: 	Comments: Prof. Dr Dr Christian Tapp 
(Ruhr-Universitt, Bochum)


Prof. Dr. James Wilberding (Ruhr-Universitt Bochum)

Further Information:

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Prof. Dr. James Wilberding
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Institute for Philosophy II
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universittsstr. 150, GA 3/31
44780 Bochum