WHO: Michael Harrington, Duquesne University
WHAT: Fall 2008 Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series, St. John’s College
TITLE: “Wilderness and Platonism”
WHERE: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
WHEN: Friday, November 7, 8 p.m.
CONTACT: 984-6000 (St. John’s College Switchboard)
DETAILS: This lecture is free of charge, open to the public, and followed by a question and answer period.
Harrington’s lecture will examine the Platonic concept of the chora first in Plato's Timaeus, and then in its twentieth-century appropriation by certain continental philosophers. Harrington will show how the concept of chora, already now in wide circulation, can usefully be brought to bear on contemporary debates about the American concept of wilderness.
Harrington is assistant professor of philosophy at Duquesne University. He has published two books: A Thirteenth-Century Textbook of Mystical Theology At the University of Paris (Leuven: Peeters Press, 2004) and Sacred Place in Early Medieval Neoplatonism (New York: Palgrave, 2004). He specializes in Neoplatonism, medieval philosophy, and philosophy of place.