Philosopher John Caputo to deliver April 21 Jerry Jackson Lecture

Philosopher, theologian and author John D. Caputo will deliver a lecture titled “What Would Jesus Deconstruct?” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in Room 130 of Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Caputo holds the dual titles of Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities at Syracuse University, and David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Villanova University. His 2006 book, “The Weakness of God,” won the American Academy of Religion’s prestigious Book Award in Constructive-Reflective Studies.

A scholar of phenomenology, hermeneutics and deconstruction, Caputo is a highly regarded scholar of the later works of Jacques Derrida, who established “deconstruction” as a philosophical method or school, said John Whitmire, assistant professor in WCU’s department of philosophy and religion.

Caputo has written or co-written more than 15 books and 150 journal articles and chapters, and his works have been translated into many languages around the world, Whitmire said.

Caputo’s lecture, part of the Jerry Jackson Lecture in the Humanities series, is being sponsored by WCU’s department of philosophy and religion, Honors College, Honors College advisory board, and Visiting Scholars Series.

For more information, contact John Whitmire at (828) 227-2636.