Today: Lecture “Misology and Ecology in Hans Urs von Balthasar and Flannery O’Connor”

On Thursday, April 11, Professor Rodney Howsare will be presenting a public lecture on “Misology and Ecology in Hans Urs von Balthasar and Flannery O’Connor.” The lecture is the fourth and final lecture in the 2nd Annual Philosophy and Theology Lecture series, and is free and open to the public. The lecture will take place in the Commonwealth Room of the DUC at 4:30PM.
Here’s a tidbit: In the beginning of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis argues that the “deepest roots” of the ecological crisis is a metaphysical one, for the modern scientific paradigm “is already a technique of possession, mastery and transformation. It is as if the subject were to find itself in the presence of something formless …” (LS 106), and this is a kind of misology. Professor Howsare will examine how Hans Urs von Balthasar and Flannery O’Connor offer what could be called an Aesthetic Realism as an antidote.