A Study Day on Klaus Hemmerle

Paris, Institut Catholique


The first public event of the research centre took place last 7 April 2015, after two years of work in synergy with a group of professors of the faculty of Philosophy and Theology. The study day was organised on the occasion of the recent publication in French of the Thesen zu einer trinitarische Ontologie written by Klaus Hemmerle (Ed. Ad Solem, Paris 2014).


The day was entitled Hemmerle and Trinitarian Ontology, which was also the guiding theme of the in-depth expositions and intense dialogues that enriched the event. The coordinators were Jérôme de Gramont, Philosophy Professor of the Paris Institute, who also gave an introduction on Du nom le plus commun au nom propre par excellence, Michel Dupuis, of Lovanio University, who had translated the work of Hemmerle and also spoke about Sollecitude et nostrité. Binswanger et Hemmerle, Vincent Holzer of the ICP’s Faculty of Theology who discussed about the “Différence trinitaire” et “différence de l’être”: une interprétation de la Théologique balthasarienne, and Emmanuele Lezzoni, ICP graduate student who spoke about Le mystère de la Révélation. Un défi pour la philosophie contemporaine.


Also Sophia’s Dean, Piero Coda, intervened with a presentation of the figure of Hemmerle and spoke about Habiter la frontière. Le défi d’un nouveau penser dans le témoignage intellectuel de Klaus Hemmerle. Gianluca Falconi, Sophia professor, involved in a research and qualifications programme at the ICP, spoke about Être en jeu. Identité et transcendance. There were a few but qualified students and professors who participated in the one-day programme which on one hand, testified once more to the actuality and fertility of Hemmerle’s ideas, and on the other, revealed a point of novelty and encounter between various disciplinary practices: not only theology and philosophy but also poetry, psychology and natural sciences.


Jérôme de Gramont concluded the day by saying, «It is important to carry out ontology, since it is essential for thought and thinking. This has been a beautiful and rich day. A journey has begun.» It was a positive and promising inter-university work day that stressed the relevance and chance to carry out academic research structured on an International and interdisciplinary level.


By: Julie Tremblay

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