Workshop: "Despite Oneself. Subjectivity and its Secret in Kierkegaard and Levinas"

February 8-10, 2007
Title: “Despite Oneself. Subjectivity and its Secret in Kierkegaard and Levinas”

Thursday, February 8


14.10-14.30 Karl Verstrynge (University of Brussels): Introduction to the Theme
14.30-15.30 Pia Søltoft (University of Copenhagen): The Other – Master or Match? On Ethics and Love in Levinas and Kierkegaard
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-16.30 Thomas G. Casey (Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome): Retrieving Eros: Beyond Levinas’ Fragile Subject and Kierkegaard’s Religious Subject
16.30-17.00 Michael Strawser (University of Central Florida, Orlando): Looking for the Common Watermark: Loving Others in Kierkegaard and Levinas
17.00-17.30 Coffee break
17.30-18.00 Stine Holte (University of Oslo): Asymmetry and Testimony in Levinas
18.00-18.30 Eric Sean Nelson (University of Massachusetts): Kierkegaard, Levinas, and the Possibility of an Asymmetrical Ethics

Friday, February 9


Rudi Visker (University of Leuven): In Praise of Visibility
10.00-11.00 Claudia Welz (University of Copenhagen): Conscious of Conscience? The Invisible Mirror of the Self-Other-Relation
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.00 Magnus Moar (University of Sussex): The Formative Role of the Infinite upon Ethical Subjectivity
12.00-12.30 Michael Barber (St. Louis University): Levinas’ Providentially Powerful Self
12.30-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-14.30 Irina Poleshchuk (University of Helsinki): The Ethical Subject within Levinas’ Concept of Language
14.30-15.00 Ákos Krassóy (Universities of Budapest & Leuven): Aesthetics and Ethical Consciousness
15.00-15.15 Break
15.15-15.45 Stephen Minister (Fordham University): The Absolute Made Relevant: The Possibility of Social Engagement in Kierkegaard and Levinas

Saturday, February 10


Arne Grøn (University of Copenhagen): Subjectivity, Interiority and Exteriority in Kierkegaard and Levinas
10.00-10.30 Anne Charlotte Hjorth (University of Århus): Becoming Oneself in Being for the Other. On the Relation between Sensation and Subjectivity in Levinas and Løgstrup
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-11.30 Evrim Emir (Bilkent University, Ankara): Who is the Other?
11.30-12.00 Velga Vevere (University of Latvia, Riga): To be the Other: Techniques of Alienation in Kierkegaard and Levinas
12.00-12.30 Plenary discussion and closing remarks

Sponsored by the Danish National Research Foundation: Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen (CFS).
Organizers: Claudia Welz ( and Karl Verstrynge (