Rev Dr Paul Rout Formerly of Heythrop College, University of London ‘St Bonaventure’s Understanding of Human Knowledge and Implications for the Contemporary World’
7pm for 7.30pm, Monday August 27th, Duchesne College, College Rd, UQ
Western society is heavily influenced by an empirical understanding of human knowledge. While this has led to great advances in science and technology, it has also contributed to an objectification of human relationships with the other; the other person, the natural world, the divine other, God. Bonaventure does not denigrate the importance of empirical knowledge, but insists that human knowledge must also discover its deeper dimensions in the experiences of wisdom and ecstasy. This talk explores the relevance of his thought, with its possible social, ecological and theological implications, in developing a contemporary viable epistemological vision.