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October 23, 2019 - Jordan Rodgers, a visiting assistant professor at King’s and formerly a post-doctoral Fellow with the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, will present “Our Fantastic Condition’: Life-Affirmation in Friedrich Nietzsche and Marilynne Robinson” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 11.   Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held in the Snyder Room, located on the third floor of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center at King’s.

Rodgers earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.  His dissertation centered on 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who was critical of Christianity as devaluing the importance of this world in favor of the possible afterlife.  Rodgers will compare Nietzsche’s critique of Christianity to how it is depicted in the novels of Robinson, a contemporary Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and essayist.

Rodgers is writing a book on the subject. “Marilynne Robinson’s Worldly Gospel: A Philosophical Account” is currently under contact with an academic book publisher.

For more information, please contact Dr. Bernard Prusak, director, McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, at (570) 208-5900, ext. 5689.