“What are the Roots of the Distinction between Theology and Philosophy?” by Jean-Luc Marion


This is a good lecture interweaving insights from a historic western perspective with systematic reflections later.  While it may be true that the distinction between theology (in particular Christian theology) and philosophy (in particular Greek Philosophy onwards) is problematized, then what does this mean for today? Where is ethics in this discussion and to what extent an introduction of ethics or the empirical  into the discussion disrupts the abstract nature of the dominance of ideas?

Back to Malaysia, in the public university it appears the philosophical discussions would likely be found in the humanities and social sciences, or perhaps it is also present in the form of Islamic philosophy and theology in Islamic institutions. But, this fragmented situation suggests that different ‘knowledge’ production and cultivation sites are separated from each other at least institutionally. For example, the philosophy department in University Sains Malaysia, Penang, the study of Islamic philosophy in International Islamic University, and the social scientific  and humanities work in Monash University. 

Where would ‘theology’ especially Christian theology generated from either the church context, or more precisely the seminary context in the peninsular and Sabah for example enter the conversation?


Posted on March 7, 2012, in Christianity, Philosophy, Theology, Video. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you for posting this. I wish I could watch it right now, but will be sure to come back to it.

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