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As part of the Philosophy Department’s Colloquium Series, Iain D. Thomson of the University of New Mexico will deliver the annual J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Memorial Lecture. Professor Thomson, a scholar of Continental philosophy who is among the most prominent younger philosophers working in the legacy of Heidegger’s thought, will present a talk entitled, “Thinking Love: Heidegger and Arendt.” A recipient of the Gunter Starkey Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of New Mexico’s College of Arts and Sciences, he is renowned for his ability to bring Heidegger's difficult ideas to life for contemporary students. Professor Thomson is the author of "Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education" (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and "Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity" (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His essays have appeared in leading scholarly journals, essay collections, and reference works, and they have been widely reprinted and translated into seven languages. He is currently writing a philosophical biography of Heidegger as well as a study of Heidegger’s phenomenological understanding of death and its philosophical impact.
In his talk, Professor Thomson will explore the nature of romantic love as it developed between Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt, whom Heidegger later called “the passion of his life.” Three different ways of understanding love can be found at work in Heidegger and Arendt’s relationship: the perfectionist, the unconditional, and the ontological models of love.
This lecture is made possible by generous support of the J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Memorial Fund, with additional funding for the Colloquium Series provided by the Rubens Family Fund, the Robert Lewis Endowed Fund for Philosophy, the Dean's Office, and friends and alumni of the Philosophy Department.