20 September 2018

19:30 - 21:30

1. The Birth of Scientific Method from Aristotle’s Biology (De Haas / 20 Sep)

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Birth of Reason 

Prof. Frans de Haas
Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Leiden University
Harm Goris, PhD
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Tilburg University 
Prof.  Heleen Pott
Professor of Philosophy, UM
Prof. Jan van Hooff
em. Professor in Ethology & Socio-ecology, Utrecht University

Thu 20 and 27 Sept, 4 Oct – 19:30 to 21:30 
Karl Dittrich Hall, Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2

Thu 11 Oct - 19:30 to 21:30
Auditorium, Minderbroedersberg 4-6

This series of lectures will take you on a journey of discovery from antiquity to the present. The lecturers will analyse, contextualise, and possibly criticise some of the more conspicuous rationalisation processes that have shaped Western civilisation. Subjects include Aristotle’s resolutely scientific approach to reality, Thomas Aquinas’ astonishingly rational views of religion, and the vicissitudes of the concept of love as the counterpart of Western views of rationality. The series will conclude with a lecture on how, since René Descartes, our rational self-image has contributed to a distorted perception of our fellow creatures in the animal kingdom.

The individual lectures

1. The Birth of Scientific Method from Aristotle’s Biology (De Haas / 20 Sep)
2. Thomas Aquinas: Adam and Eve in Paradise (Goris / 27 Sept)
3. Reason and Passion: Love in the History of Western Philosophy (Pott / 4 Oct)
4. Descartes, Darwin, Dennett: Paradigmatic Changes in our Perception of Animals and Mind (Van Hooff / 11 Oct)

Costs
UM students €5
UM employees and students from other schools €20
Others €40

27 September 2018

19:30 - 21:30

2. Thomas Aquinas: Adam and Eve in Paradise (Goris / 27 Sept)

04 October 2018

19:30 - 21:30

3. Reason and Passion: Love in the History of Western Philosophy (Pott / 4 Oct)

11 October 2018

19:30 - 21:30

4. Descartes, Darwin, Dennett: Paradigmatic Changes in our Perception of Animals and Mind (Van Hooff / 11 Oct)