The World Religions discussion group will meet Tuesday afternoons on May 1 and May 29, from 1:00-3:00. Please join us to explore aspects of the relations between religion and philosophy in the The Birth of the Modern Mind.
On May 1 we’ll view and discuss the 5th and 6th programs in the series. Alan C. Kors will describe the views of two major figures of 17th-century European thought. We will learn about “Descartes’ dream of perfect knowledge,” an extremely influential challenge to theScholastic fusion of Aristotle and Roman Catholic theology. Then we will explore the “specter” of Thomas Hobbes who haunted European thought for years even without any real followers.
On May 29 we’ll view and discuss program 7 on Blaise Pascal, a brilliant mathematician and scientist who abandoned that career to follow Jansenism, a French Catholic movement that stressed the absolute dependence of humans on God’s grace. Kors’ 8th talk deals with the impacts of Sir Isaac Newton’s discoveries and the foundation of The Royal Society of London, one of the earliest and most influential scientific societies in the world.