Love and Truth in Religion. An Inter-faith exploration of Aristotelian and Platonic Traditions

A Symposium at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford
16-17 November 2018.
Part of the Oxford Project for Love in Religion sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation

Papers given:

HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan, Professor of Islamic Philosophy at the University of Jordan and Honorary Fellow of Regent’s Park College, Oxford

Spiritus Ubi Vult Spirat? The Question of Platonism and Islamic Mysticism of Love

Amber L. Griffioen

Margarete von Wrangell Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Konstanz

Love, Passivity, and Neoplatonic Metaphysics: The Problems (and Promise) of a ‘Mystical Ethics’

Mircea Dumitru
Rector of the University of Bucharest, Professor of Philosophy and formerly Minister of Education, Romania.
The Universal and the Particular: Truth and Love in the Aristotelian Tradition

Fiona Ellis, Professor of Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London
Desire and the Platonic Tradition

Minlib Dallh, Fellow in the Study of Love in Religion, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford
The Relation between Love and Truth in Islamic Mysticism

Lydia Schumacher
Senior Research Fellow in Medieval Theology and Philosophy, King’s College London.

Love and Truth: Aristotle, Avicenna and Early Franciscans

Daniel Barbu 
Professor and Head of the Research Institute, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest and formerly Minister of Culture, Romania. 
Understanding the relation between Truth and Love in the Western Intellectual Tradition

Simon May, Visiting Professor of Philosophy, King’s College London.
Love as a promise of ontological rootedness

Mirina Paananen, Research Scholar, University of Oxford
Heavenly Melodies: the Hellenistic inheritance of Islamic philosophies of music.  


Otniel Bunaciu, Professor of Theology, University of Bucharest and Dean of the Baptist Faculty

The Near and the Distant Neighbours – Reflecting on Karl Barth’s understanding of the possibility of speaking about the Love of God

Peter Petkoff, Senior Lecturer in Law, Brunel University.    

The setting of Normative Spaces, and Initiation to the Mysteries, in Plato’s Symposion


Rebecca White, Director, Oxford Theological Exchange Programme & Dr Smilen Markov, Professor of Theology, University of Sofia, Bulgaria:
Transfiguring Love in Byzantine Tradition: Maximus the Confessor and 14th-century Hesychasm. 

Martin Whittingham, Research Fellow in Islamic Studies, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford
Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī on knowing truth and how Aristotle plays a part

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