Speaker: Webb Keane (University of Michigan)
Chair: Charles Stafford (London School of Economics)
Date: 27 June 2012, 18.00-19.30
Venue: London School of Economics, New Academic Building Room LG.09 (off Lincoln’s Inn Fields)
Sponsored by the Anthropology Department and the Programme for the Study of Religion and Non-Religion.
Assuming that what we call “religion” and “ethics” are in principle distinct from each other, what is the conceptual relationship between them? What are the historical pathways along which the two often seem to converge? What are the social implications of that convergence where it occurs? And when they converge, what remainder escapes the conflation of these two? These are, of course, very large questions, whose investigation requires substantial empirical and conceptual work. In the interests of carrying out a preliminary ground-clearing, this talk is confined to reflections on a limited number of texts. Discussion of these texts will centre on how certain traditions within Islam and Protestant Christianity objectify ethics in ways that render them cognitively explicit and thus expose them to pressures toward rationalisation, generalisation, and abstraction. But these traditions also expect ethics to guide everyday life, in all its concrete particularity, with potentially paradoxical consequences.
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