Ernest Renan (1823-1892) -- historian, orientalist, scholar of religion, racial theorist -- is one of the major figures in modern French intellectual history. This meeting of the reading group will read closely the introduction to his most provocative and popular work, The Life of Jesus (La Vie de Jésus). The reading will be introduced and chaired by Renan expert Perrine Nahum-Simon, one of the leading scholars of the intellectual history of modern France, and will pay particular attention to Renan's debt to German thought (Kant and Humboldt), his critique of positivism and his reading of Sacred Scripture.
All are welcome to join this event. We ask participants to read the Introduction to the 13th edition, The History of the Origins of Christianity, Volume 1: Life of Jesus, p. 37-68. All those who sign up to the event will be sent a copy of the reading.
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