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Series: Reason and Beauty in Renaissance Christian Thought and Culture

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - August 18 @ 8:30 pm CDT


A weekly webinar on Tuesdays covering philosophy, religion, poetry, and architecture, featuring scholars from around the world. Registration is required for each event, and can be done by clicking on the event itself in this list.

If you miss a webinar, you can access the video of the event from the same list, or on the Lumen Christi youtube channel.

“What do reason and beauty have to do with each other? Since the modern Enlightenment and Romantic movements, it has been tempting to see reason and beauty as separate or even opposed. In the Renaissance, however, rational and artistic pursuits bloomed together and even fed each other. Renaissance culture, including fine art, poetry, architecture, astronomy, and humanistic thought, both drew upon and extended ancient and medieval Christian intellectual traditions. This webinar course will examine different aspects of renaissance Christian thought and culture to explore how pursuits of reason interwove with the love of beauty.”

The series is as follows:

Tuesday, June 16, 7 p.m. CDT
Dante as Poet and Philosopher | Jason Aleksander (San Jose State University) and Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College)

Tuesday, June 23, 7 p.m. CDT
Alberti and Renaissance architecture | Il Kim (Auburn University)

Tuesday, June 30, 7 p.m. CDT
Marsilio Ficino and the philosophy of Plato | Denis Robichaud (University of Notre Dame)

Tuesday, July 7, 7 p.m. CDT
Women Humanists in the Renaissance: Paradise and Free Speech in Moderata Fonte | Tamara Albertini (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)

Tuesday, July 14, 12 p.m. CDT
Measure and mathematics in Renaissance Philosophy | Richard Oosterhoff (University of Edinburgh)

Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m. CDT
Titian’s Icons: Logos and Kairos in Renaissance Devotion | Christopher Nygren (University of Pittsburgh)

Tuesday, July 28, 12 p.m. CDT
Giordano Bruno and the Poetry of the cosmos | Valentina Zaffino (Pontifical Lateran University; Rome Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame)

Tuesday, August 4, 12 p.m. CDT
Reason and beauty in Cambridge Platonism | Douglas Hedley (Cambridge University)

Tuesday, August 11, 7 p.m. CDT
Richard Hooker’s sapiential theology: Reformed Platonism? | Torrance Kirby (McGill University)

Tuesday, August 18, 7 p.m. CDT
Passage to Modernity: Renaissance Christianity Today | Peter Casarella (Duke University)


Lumen Christi Institute
The American Cusanus Society

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