Thursday, April 26, 2018, 5:30-7 pm
CSWR Common Room
In the now-globalized culture that has descended from the European Enlightenment, poetry and philosophy are frequently considered mutually exclusive endeavors. Culture would also include a culture highly skepticism of anything that might be termed ‘spiritual insight’. These two facts are connected; an aggressive neglect of a certain kind of thinking underlies both. Jan Zwicky will offer a brief overview of this neglected way of thinking, and argue that it gives us access to a certain kind of ontological awareness. This kind of ontological awareness, she'll propose, underlies not only lyric poetry and certain canonical philosophical texts, but also spiritual insight.
The CSWR seeks to promote the study of the world’s religions in their classical and contemporary forms, serving both as a residential community of students and scholars and an international “think tank” in the study of religion.