Hansjorg A. Salmony: The Holocaust & How Evil Confirms Existence Free Will

April 5, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Mānoa Campus

"Holocaust Escapee and Swiss Phllosopher, Hansjorg A. Salmony: Evil Confirms the Existence of Free Will," a lecture by Zoom. Please contact Prof Peter Hoffenberg at peterh@hawaii.edu for the Zoom invitation. After witnessing the ravages of the Reichskristallnacht in 1938, Hansjörg A. Salmony (1920-1991) escaped from Germany to Belgium, France, and, finally, to Switzerland. In 1942, he began studying philosophy at the University of Basel under the guidance of Hermann Schmalenbach. Later, he became Karl Jaspers's assistant and, eventually, a full professor in 1960. Although he felt physically safe in Switzerland, the fear of persecution never left him. While he published his dissertation (1949) and habilitation (1958), his elaborate lectures remain in manuscript form to this day. Dr. Albertini's presentation will focus on Salmony's "Lecture on Evil" in which he - without mentioning National Socialism - reflects on Evil as evidence of human freedom. Dr. Tamara Albertini is Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She got her Lic.Phil. from the University of Basel, Switzerland (where she studied with Professor Hansjörg A. Salmony), and her Dr.Phil. from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. She specializes in Renaissance, Islamic, and Contemporary Arab Philosophy


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