Appel à contributions : colloque « Paul Tillich et Paul Ricœur en dialogue ».


Call for papers for conference « Paul Tillich and Paul Ricœur in dialogue » which will take place in Paris on June 24-26 2019 at Institut protestant de théologie, 83 Bd Arago, Paris.

The conference is jointly organized by association Paul Tillich d’expression française (APTEF) and Fonds Ricœur.


We have the pleasure to inform you that the call for papers for conference "Paul Tillich an Paul Ricoeur in dialogue » to be held in Paris from 24 to 26 June 2019, is prolonged until 15 January 2019. Please do not hesitate to send proposals to the following email address :


Born more than a quarter of a century apart, Paul Tillich and Paul Ricœur had little opportunity to engage in personal conversations on the various subject matters they held dear. In the early 1960s, however, their paths have crossed in Chicago. On two occasions at least, the old German-American professor and his future French successor at the John S. Nuveen Chair of the University of Chicago met in the “windy city”. A trace of these encounters remains in the copy of the third volume of the Systematic Theology that Ricœur kept in his personal library, namely a dedication signed by Tillich on November 3, 1964 (“To Paul Ricœur, in friendship!”). As André Gounelle points out, references to Ricœur are certainly rare on Tillich’s side, but they do exist: “In the unpublished lectures of his last years, especially on the philosophy of religion, Tillich sometimes mentions Ricœur and it is always in positive terms”. On Ricœur’s side, the afterword he planned to write for the French translation of the Systematic Theology could unfortunately not be completed before his death. His work comprises references to Tillich in significant numbers but in the form of short quotes scattered over a wide range of texts. A quick survey based on the English texts inventoried on Digital Ricœur displays no less than forty-seven quotes from Tillich spread over eleven articles and twelve books authored by Ricœur.

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The conference “Paul Tillich and Paul Ricœur in dialogue” pursues a twofold aim. On a historical level, the purpose is to scrutinize the published work as well as the archives of the two authors in search for new information about the crossroads of their journeys and new insights on what they thought they knew about each other. On a systematic level, the purpose is to explore the resources a free confrontation of their respective thoughts can provide. In the systematic section, preference will be given to papers proposing a comparative study of the two authors on a chosen topic. Papers on a chosen topic in only one of the two authors are also possible, but they will have to form a pair with a paper dealing with the same topic in the second author.


To facilitate the creation of such pairs, a collaborative digital workspace will be available.

Particular though not exclusive attention will be paid to the following themes : “Phenomenology and Philosophy of Existence”, “Philosophy of History”, “Theories of the Symbol”, “Theogonies and theodicies”, “Debates with the Humanities and Social Sciences”,  “Arts and Literature”, “Philosophy and Theology”, “Perspectives on the History of Philosophy and Theology”, “Love, Justice and Power”, “Social Gospel and Religious Socialism”, “Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogues”, “Autonomy and Theonomy”, “Questions of Exegesis and Hermeneutics”.


The deadline to submit a paper is January 15, 2019. Proposals will include a title and a brief description of your contribution (200 to 300 words); they should be addressed to:


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