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Luther as Philosopher

1st May 2018 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm


The 1st workshop of the White Rose Consortium project Luther as philosopher.

This project considers Martin Luther and his influence from a philosophical perspective. While Luther has been widely studied by theologians and historians, he has been largely ignored by philosophers who work on the history of ideas.

However, many of his central positions have significant philosophical implications and are often defended in terms that are not just theological. As historians of philosophy have not generally engaged with Luther’s work, they have also overlooked Luther’s influence on philosophers who have come after him; but key northern European philosophers such as Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Heidegger were all educated in the broadly Lutheran tradition. We therefore propose to explore the way in which understanding this Lutheran background can shed new light on the thinking of these major philosophers.

In this first meeting, we will be discussing Luther’s Disputation Against Scholastic Theology’ [1517]. The meeting will be run as a reading group, with general discussion rather than papers.

All are welcome to attend, and there is no registration fee, but we would be grateful if you can book so that we can keep an eye on numbers. Tea/coffee will be provided, but attendees outside the White Rose universities will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

King’s Manor, room K/159

University of York

Exhibition Square



Read more about Luther’s impact from 500 Reformations:

Luther and the holocaust 

Luther, Ruth, and the Protestant Work Ethic 


1st May 2018
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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