Memory and Solidarity

At the next meeting of the Philosophy Society, Dr Anthony Spiteri will discuss the importance of memory in building communities of solidarity with reference to the practice of the Eucharist within the Christian tradition.  By identifying the potency of the memorializing consciousness in Christian worship, a theology of liberation can draw immense hope for its initiatives in bringing about justice and in its struggle against poverty.  By way of comprehending the dynamics of a consciousness of re-member-ing (remembering as becoming member) in its role of sustaining and deepening commitment and solidarity, Dr Spiteri argues for a notion of cultus which satisfies the conditions for universal membership as expressed in the Eucharistic Community.  By stressing the role of historical memory as rooted in the sacrifice of the Eucharist, we discover a rich source for authentic subjectivity as it preserves the power of suffering to mobilize social criticism and political action.

Dr Anthony Spiteri is a full-time member of the Department of Philosophy.  He holds a Ph.D. in social and political thought from York University, Toronto.

The lecture will be held on Thursday 17th February 2000 at 7:00p.m. at the Francis Ebejer Lecture Theatre, University Campus. Rev. Prof. George Grima, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, will open the discussion. Pizza and wine (at a small fee) will later be served at the farmhouse.