Howard Wettstein obtained his B.A. from Yeshiva University in 1965, and his Ph.D. from City University of New York in 1976. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at UC Riverside. Previously he held positions at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota, Morris and visiting positions at Stanford University and the University of Iowa. His main research areas are the philosophy of language and the philosophy of religion. He has been the editor of Midwest Studies in Philosophy since 1974. His latest book is The Significance of Religious Experience (Oxford UP, 2012). Earlier he published two volumes on the philosophy of language: The Magic Prism (Oxford UP, 2004) and Has Semantics Rested On a Mistake? (Stanford UP, 1991).
The Faith Stance
Faith is commonly associated with belief, and religious faith with the belief in God. Wettstein proceeds in a very different direction: faith as an attitude (in an almost nautical sense), a way of facing life, others, the universe, and God. The stance on faith is dynamic. Essential are readiness to change directions, and the responsiveness to one’s Thou, whether that be another, nature, or God.
Time: 11:30 pm
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / Library Room