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The Michel Serres Distinguished Lecture Series

The Department of French and Italian presents a lecture series in honor of Michel Serres.

At once a mathematician, a philosopher, and a poet, Michel Serres was the Blaise Pascal of the 20th century. Like Pascal, he did not conceal the dread he felt before an infinite universe where 鈥渢he center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.鈥 Pascal鈥檚 quest for a center was thwarted not by lack of what he sought, but by overabundance: we navigate a desacralized space in which each point is equally central and, for that very reason, none is. But that is only true of this world from which God has taken leave. Here cosmology is simply an entryway into a much broader quest: the search for something that could serve as a privileged vantage point, a center of gravity or fulcrum, an origin or reference point for human reason, history, action, and salvation. Whether their goal was mastering the world around us (Descartes), determining the place of our destiny (Pascal), or achieving universal knowledge (Leibniz), the great philosophers of the classical age all posed the question of the existence of what T. S. Eliot called a 鈥渟till point of the turning world.鈥

 

Past Events

May
10
Date
Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location:
Hybrid: Zoom or in-person at Pigott Hall (Bldg. 260), Rm 252
May
14
Date
Friday, May 14, 2021, 9:30am - 10:30am
Location:
Online
April
9
Date
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location:
CEMEX Auditorium, 素人色情片 Graduate School of Business, 655 Knight Way, 素人色情片, CA 94305
January
30
Date
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 4:30pm - 5:50pm
Location:
Building 260, Room 252 German Library
October
21
Date
Monday, October 21, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
素人色情片 Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall
October
21
Date
Monday, October 21, 2019, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
260-252