Published on February 6, 2012  

Samford University's Philosophy Department will host internationally known philosopher Jack Caputo March 1-2.

Caputo is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University, one of the foremost representatives of Continental Philosophy and the author of more than twenty books, including The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event and What Would Jesus Deconstruct?. He is an engaging speaker who applies insights from traditional philosophy and theology to develop authentic ways of living as intelligent, ethical, and religious persons in a contemporary society lacking a normative morality and philosophical foundation. 

Caputo will speak in a series of events at Samford, beginning with a free public convocation titled "From Angels to iPhones: Angelology, Technology and Future of Theology" March 1 at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. He will present another free public lecture on "Two Types of Continental Philosophy of Religion" at 3 p.m. the same day in Brock Forum, Beeson Hall. He will lecture in a philosophy class the morning of March 2 and meet with students and faculty later in the day. 


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.