The Sentiments of Rationality: Feeling, Science, and Secularism after Darwin

Theology Faculty Main Lecture Room, Gibson Building, Oxford

Monday 10th June, 12:30PM (BST) - 1:45PM (BST)

FREE (open to public)
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Mon 10 June, 12:30pm – 1:45pm, "The Sentiments of Rationality: Feeling, Science, and Secularism after Darwin"

Donovan Schaefer

Main Lecture Room, Faculty of Theology and Religion


Conventional epistemologies tell us that thought and feeling are fundamentally separate. But disparate conversations among philosophers, scientists, and others have begun to challenge this view. This talk considers how we might see emotion and cognition as interconnected and what this means for thinking about the relationships between science, religion, and secularism.

DONOVAN SCHAEFER is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, which he joined in 2017 after three years as Departmental Lecturer in Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. His first book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power (Duke University Press, 2015) considered the relevance of affect theory for questions of religion, politics, and subjectivity.

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