Perspectives on Life
This lecture/discussion at the Catholic University of Paris will deepen the conversation started by the dialogue featured by Julia Kristeva and Jean Vanier in their recent book Leur regard perce nos ombres, Fayard, 2011 (Their Look Pierces our Shadows) The book, in the form of epistolatory dialogue, tackles the great questions of humanity, its limits, fragility, and its end.
In 1962 Jean Vanier defended his thesis in philosophy under the direction of Jean Chatillon, the Catholic University of Paris' Dean of Philosophy at the time. Its title: Happiness: Principles and the End of the Moral Aristotelian. From this thesis follows the conviction that has animated the Ark communities for almost a century, that only friendship, in the sense of the recognition of a common humanity, however injured, allows us to envision its healing and fulfillment in the long-term.
Julia Kristeva, psycho-analyst and academic at the crossroads of philosophy and human sciences has been led to recognise a real "place of humanity as the harbinger of the man's aspirations today and tomorrow in the Ark Community" as a result of a chance meeting with Jean Vanier.
Free entry, open to the public.
Catholic University of Paris, 21 rue d'Assas, 75006 Paris