22 Nov 2018, "Non-conceptual Content and Religious Experience"

Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion

Blackfriars Hall Main Aula, Oxford

Thursday 22nd November, 5:00PM (GMT) - 6:30PM (GMT)

FREE (open to public)
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Thursday, 22 Nov, 5:00-6:30pm at Blackfriars Hall, Main Aula, Oxford

Non-conceptual Content and Religious Experience

Sebastian Kolodziejczyk

Jagiellonian University

It is a widely held opinion that the language of religion is ambiguous from the semantic and logical points of view. Consider sentences like: 'God takes care of me', 'I feel that God is with me in the most difficult moments of life', or 'God’s intentions are unknown to me and other people'. It is hard to find out the effective method for making such the sentences semantically and logically significant. Some argue that such sentences are meaningless for syntactic and semantic reasons; others that they are expressions of believers’ private states of experience; another group will accept meaningfulness of them but with some restrictions. In my lecture I will argue that what makes religious language problematic is related to a much more sophisticated phenomenon which is common to many types of cognitive and linguistic activity, namely the non-conceptuality of broadly understood experience

SEBASTIAN TOMASZ KOŁODZIEJCZYK is Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In 2015 he took up the Chair of Metaphysics. He studied at the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford (without degree) and received his PhD from the Jagiellonian University. He has held post-doc positions at the City University of New York and the University de Genève in Switzerland. His areas of specialisation include metaphysics, metametaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion. He has published many papers in Polish and English about the nature of metaphysics, non-conceptual content, intuition as a tool in philosophy, and relationships between philosophy and cognitive science. In 2006 his first book came out entitled Conceptual Boundaries of Metaphysics, in 2011 he edited Guide to Metaphysics, and in 2013 (with Janusz Salamon) Knowledge, Action, and Pluralism.


This event is organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion in collaboration with the Humane Philosophy Project, with sponsorship from the John Templeton Foundation and the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw.

It is free and open to the public. 

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