ICTC Events

Encountering Laudato Si’

Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture Faculty Fellows Presentation

Thursday, April 19

12:15-1:20pm (Lunch at 12:15, presentation begins at 12:30pm)
HUNT 100 | Light lunch provided; please RSVP to ictc@seattleu.edu

Forms of Life: From Technocratic Paradigm to Eco-politics

Inspired by Pope Francis’ critiques of technology and calls for a “bold cultural revolution” in Laudato Si’, this paper argues that environmental injustices issue from a dynamic between technologies of power and the powers of technology. The paper puts Laudato Si’ into dialogue with Peter Sloterdijk’s account of Ignatian anthropotechnics and Giorgio Agamben’s thoughts on Franciscan forms of life so as to sketch a vision of an eco-politics guided by contemplation.

Laudato Si’ and Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness

This project brings Laudato Si’ into dialogue with Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) program. The GNH concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing.

More about the faculty:

Jessica Ludescher Imanaka is an Associate Professor in the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, where she holds a joint appointment in Management and Philosophy. She teaches Ethical Reasoning in Business, Ethics in Business, Spiritual Business, and select Philosophy classes at SU. Imanaka’s research has focused on corporate social responsibility, theory of the firm, political economy, sustainability, environmental justice, globalization, philosophy of technology, and Catholic social thought. Her papers have appeared in The Harvard International Review, Business and Society Review, The Independent Review, Environmental Ethics, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, The Journal of Jesuit Business Education, Somatics Journal, The Journal of Management for Global Sustainability, and the International Journal of E-Business Research.

Jason M. Wirth is professor of philosophy at Seattle University, and works and teaches in the areas of Continental Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy, Aesthetics, Environmental Philosophy, and Africana Philosophy. His recent books include Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dōgen in an Age of Ecological Crisis (SUNY 2017), a monograph on Milan Kundera (Commiserating with Devastated Things, Fordham 2015), Schelling’s Practice of the Wild (SUNY 2015), The Conspiracy of Life: Meditations on Schelling and His Time (SUNY 2003), a translation of the third draft of The Ages of the World (SUNY, 2000), the edited volume Schelling Now (Indiana 2004), the co-edited volume (with Bret Davis and Brian Schroeder), Japanese and Continental Philosophy: Conversations with the Kyoto School (Indiana 2011), and The Barbarian Principle: Merleau-Ponty, Schelling, and the Question of Nature (SUNY 2013). He is the associate editor and book review editor of the journal, Comparative and Continental Philosophy. His forthcoming manuscript is called Nietzsche and Other Buddhas (Indiana 2019) and he is currently completing a manuscript on the cinema of Terrence Malick. He is an ordained priest in the Soto Zen tradition.


Planting seedlings

Care for the Earth, Care for the Poor: A Laudato Si' Summit

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Register for this free event now!

Taste and See: Exploring Foodways and Film
with Antonio Sison

Thursday, April 26 | 4pm
Bannan Auditorium 130
Reception to follow at 5:30pm in Bannan Arboretum

Born and raised in a culture where cooking and feasting are wedded with ancient communitarian values, Br. Antonio Sison, CPPS, shares his passionate and imaginative quest for recipes of grace in the integration of theology and intercultural cinema.

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