AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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The mission of the Origen and the Roots of Human Freedom and Human Dignity in the West seminar is to foster focused discussion about the philosophical and theological roots behind the modern Western conception of humans as free, valuable, and dignified beings. This seminar is particular interested in the reception of the works of Origen of Alexandria in various times and places in relation to notions of ‘human freedom’ and ‘human dignity’ in those contexts. This seminar was started members of the EU-funded “History of Human Freedom and Human Dignity in Western Civilization” project.
The Origen and the Roots of Human Dignity and Human Freedom in the West Seminar is seeking papers that explore issues of the reception of the thought of Origen of Alexandria as it relates to the understanding of Human Freedom and Human Dignity in theological and philosophical texts, as well as the practical influence of these ideas at work in lived communities. Papers comparing and contrasting the thought of Origen with other systems of thought such Cambridge Platonism, German Idealism, or American Theological Existentialism, for example, are welcome. The purpose of this seminar is to receive peer level review of papers on Origen’s thought in relation to the regnant ideas of human freedom and human dignity. Selected papers will be pre-circulated to attendees and panel members for discussion during the seminar, so papers should be in a readable format with citations and relevant notes.