Gods, Humans and the Rational Order

The Place of logos in Cleanthes’ Hymn to Zeus

Prof. Andrew Benjamin (Monash University)

STaR Seminar for Theology and Religious Studies

Thursday, 7 September 2017, 5.00pm-6.30pm
Monash Caulfield, S building, 9th floor S901 (ACJC)

Hosted by Prof Constant Mews and Dr. Aydogan Kars, Centre for Religious Studies, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University

RSVP: John D’Alton – john.dalton@monash.edu


Where are we with God? The question gives rise to a set of complex concerns. What would it mean to allow for a relation to God and, as a consequence, to pose the question of human being as being-with-God?  Where is finite being with the infinite? While the project of this paper is an engagement with the Hymn to Zeus by Cleanthes of Assos (331—232 B.C.E.) the student of Zeno of Citium and the teacher of Chrysippus, informing that engagement is the question of finitude and its relation to the infinite.


Currently Andrew Benjamin holds two academic posts: Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities at Kingston University, London and Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Thought in the Department of Philosophy and the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization at Monash University. Benjamin first came to critical attention with his writings in continental philosophy, writing articles and editing books on the thinking of Martin Heidegger, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Julia Kristeva and Jean-François Lyotard. He is also interested in ancient philosophy, notably in pre-Socratics, tragedy and ancient aesthetics, as well as in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

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