Metaphysics Past and Present

The problem of metaphysics has since the reformation and early modernity occupied philosophers as well as theologians. It is closely related to the problem of tradition and the new vs. the old. The symposium at Utstein Monastery close to Stavanger seeks to explore the problematic role of metaphysics in the tensions between philosophy and theology in past and present.  


Mirjam Schaub (Edinburgh), Walter Sparn (Erlangen), Sebastian Rehnman (Stavanger), Knut Alfsvåg (Stavanger), Marius Timmann Mjaaland (Oslo), Stephan Meier-Oeser (Berlin), Sascha Salatowsky (Marburg), Fartein Valen Sendstad (Stavanger), Stefan Lindholm (Stavanger), Joar Haga (Oslo)

Call for Papers

Send an abstract (max 250 words) to Joar Haga at by April 1st.

Suggested Topics:

Metaphysics and Violence, Traditional Metaphysics, Metaphysics in Early Modernity, Christology and Metaphysics, Metaphysics in Philosophy and Theology Today, Metaphysics and Language, Metaphysics in Post/Modernity. Other topics connected to Free Will, Modalities, Anthropology, Religion, etc. are also welcome.


Registration by April 1st to Joar Haga at

Invited Papers

Mirjam Schaub: Metaphysics and cruelty
Walter Sparn: Is there a metaphysics in which theology should be interested?
Sebastian Rehnman:
Knut Alfsvåg: Luther and Cusanus on the freedom of the will
Marius Timmann Mjaaland: Modality and Causality in Luther
Stephan Meier-Oeser: Protestant metaphysics of the Eucharist: Reformed and Lutheran solutions in the 17th Century.
Joar Haga: God's Son humbling himself. Two interpretations of kenosis in early 17th Century Lutheran theology.
Sascha Salatowsky: A material soul. The radical metaphysics of the Socinian Christoph Stegmann.
Fartein Valen Sendstad: The cross of Christ in Socinian theology
Stefan Lindholm: The Soul-Body Analogy in Jerome Zanchi's Christology


Published Apr. 19, 2010 4:10 PM - Last modified Apr. 20, 2010 12:32 PM