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The Will to Believe: Freedom of Thought in Late Medieval Philosophy and Literature

Presented by Chantelle Saville (The University of Auckland)

Date: Friday 1 September 2017
Time: 4‒5.30pm
Venue: Boardroom (Room 601), Advanced Engineering Building (Building 51), UQ St Lucia
RSVP: uqche@uq.edu.au, or phone (07) 3365 4913. All welcome.

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Too often dismissed, bracketed or explained away, the concept of religious belief seems to resist serious enquiry. Yet writers of the later Middle Ages produced stunning analyses of belief that distinguished it from mere opinion, and from other kinds of understanding. In this series, we will turn a close eye towards the nature and psychology of belief, asking what thoughts and feelings it might enable, provoke or shut down; its relationship to spiritual practice and ecclesiastical censure; and the role of faith in the production of scientific knowledge, literature and histories of modernity.

The series will conclude with a masterclass and seminar by Associate Professor Kellie Robertson (The University of Maryland) on 23 and 24 November 2017. Further details will be available closer to the time.


Image: ‘God as Geometer’. Frontispiece of Bible Moralisée. Illumination on parchment, c. 1220-1230, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.