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Thursday, 13 March 2008, 12:00AM

The Triumph of Idealism

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA

Religion and Philosophy There are some misunderstandings which are unthinkingly accepted by most who study Immanuel Kant, the great Idealist and towering figure of Western Philosophy. This lecture is a response to this, and will focus on the three main ideas of Kant's philosophy which effect theology: that Kant undermined and made impossible metaphysics, that he made morality autonomous and separate from beliefs about God or the nature of the world, and that he showed that there could not be any argument for the existence of God.

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Professor Keith Ward was the Gresham Professor of Divinity between 2004 and 2008.  He has a BA from the University of Wales, an MA from the University of Cambridge, an MA and B Litt from the University of Oxford, a DD from Cambridge and a DD from Oxford.

He has held Lecturer posts in Logic at the University of Glasgow, Philosophy at St Andrew's, Philosophy of Religion at King's College London. He was Fellow, Dean and Director of Studies in Philosophy and in Theology at Trinity Hall Cambridge, where he was also Lecturer in Divinity. He was the F D Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology at the University of London, where he was also Professor and Head of Department of History and Philosophy of Religion.

Professor Ward is an ordained priest in the Church of England and was until 2003 Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam, is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and of the University of Wales. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and a member of the editorial boards of Religions Studies, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Studies in Inter-Religious Dialogue, and World Faiths Encounter. He has been a Visiting Professor at Drake University, Iowa, at Claremont Graduate School, California and at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also holds the Regius Professorship of Divinity at the University of Oxford for over a decade.  Professor Ward has delivered numerous prestigious public lectures and is the author of many books.

Professor Ward succeeded Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson and was succeeded by Professor the Lord Harries of Pentregarth.
All of Professor Ward's previous lectures may be accessed here.

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13 March 2008

The Triumph of Idealism
Professor Keith Ward DD FBA

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