The John Hick archives project

Arts Building, Lecture Theatre 4
Monday 16 February 2015 (16:00-18:00)

Organised by the John Hick Centre of Philosophy of Religion (Directors: David Cheetham and Yujin Nagasawa)

Professor John Hick (1922-2012) left his professional archives to the Special Collection of the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham.

A few months before John’s death, we met with him and his son Peter to discuss possible uses of the archives. We inspected the archives and concluded that they are of historical and scholarly importance. The archives include John’s correspondence over many decades with some of the most prominent philosophers, theologians, politicians, and religious leaders of his time. They also include manuscripts and notes related to John’s seminal works on religious pluralism and other themes in philosophy and theology. They document the development of John’s views on religion over time, his involvement with national and international activities in civil rights and inter-religious/race relations, and exchanges with important figures. Our PhD student Thomas Ruston studied the archives under our supervision over a year and produced a detailed report. His study was generously supported by John’s family and the Spalding Trust. In this seminar, Thomas will present the outcome of his study and we will discuss the importance and impact of John’s scholarly work.

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It is free and open to all.

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