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33rd Annual KJSNA Meetings (2011-2012)
In conjunction with the American Philosophical Association

December 27-30, 2011 Washington, DC
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

April 4-7, 2012
Seattle, WA
Westin, 1900 Fifth Avenue



DECEMBER 27-30, 2011

Wednesday December 28, 2011

7:30 - 10:30 p.m., Room tba

SESSION ONE: Author meets Critics
“Melancholy and the Otherness of God:
A Study of the Hermeneutics and Therapy of Depression”
(Lexington Books, 2011)

Chair: Gregory J. Walters (Saint Paul University-Ottawa)

Author: Alina Feld (Hofstra University)

Critics: Thomas J.J. Altizer (State University of New York at Stony Brook)
Elena Bezzubova (UC Irvine)
Edward S. Casey (SUNY Stony Brook)
Malek K. Khazaee (California State University at Long Beach)
Michael Raposa ( Lehigh University)
Tom Rockmore (Duquesne University)


KJSNA Business Meeting Following Session


Thursday December 29, 2011

7:00 - 10:00 p.m., Room tba

SESSION TWO: “Shiite Islam’s Jurisprudence in Hermeneutic Perspective”

Chair: Helmut Wautischer (California State University at Sonoma)

Mohammad Reza Emam (University of Tehran)
“Relation between Philosophy and Law in Islam”

Mohammad Reza Rezvantalab (University of Tehran)
“Philosophy in Islam and the West”

Ali Asgariyazdi (University of Tehran)
“Characteristics of Islamic philosophy”

Mohammad Taghi Sobhani (Research Center of Science & Islamic Studies at Qom, Iran)
“Islamic Philosophical Foundations for World Peace and Justice from a Shi’a Perspective”

Reza Berenjkar (Tehran University at Qom, Iran)
“Instrumental Reason in Islamic Thought”

Hadi Sadeqi (Hadith Sciences College at Qom, Iran)
“The Rationality of Belief in Action”

Muhammad Ali Abdollahi (Hadith Sciences College at Qom, Iran)
“How Philosophy forms Theology”

Discussants: Charles Butterworth (University of Maryland)
Philip Clayton (Claremont School of Theology)
Dimitri Gutas (Yale University)
Ali Mo’allem Damghani (Iranian Academy of the Arts)




APRIL 4 - 7, 2012

Thursday April 5, 2012

7:00-10:00 p.m., G5E

SESSION ONE: Author meets Critics
Tama in Japanese Myth:
A Hermeneutical Study of Ancient Japanese Divinity”
(UPA, 2011)

Chair: Alan M. Olson (Boston University)

Author: Tomoko Iwasawa (Reitaku University, Japan)

Critics: Michael Palencia-Roth (University of Illinois)
Fabio Rambelli (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Purushottama Bilimoria (University of California, Berkeley)
Helmut Wautischer (California State University, Sonoma)


Saturday April 7, 2012

7:00-10:00 p.m., G9D

SESSION TWO: “The Hermeneutics of Jaspers, Sartre, and Heidegger”

Chair: Helmut Wautischer (California State University, Sonoma)

David P. Nichols (Saginaw Valley State University)
“The God of the Existentialist Philosophers: Fate, Freedom, and Mystery”

Kile Jones (Claremont Lincoln University)
“All the Consequences of This: Why Atheistic Existentialism is more Consistent than Religious Existentialism”

Discussants: Chung-ying Cheng (University of Hawai'i, Manoa)
Purushottama Bilimoria (University of California, Berkeley)
Eric M. Dale (Emerson College)
Catharina Stenqvist (Lunds Universitet, Sweden)


KJSNA Business Meeting Following Session