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Lecture Series 2017-18: Grammars of Wonder

Most great thinkers, starting with Plato and Aristotle, have thought that the best reflection on reality in all its riotous complexity begins in wonder. Wonder has thus been at the foundation of the whole gamut of disciplinary inquiries, whether in the humanities or sciences, across the centuries.

Have we lost a sense of wonder at the reality in which we exist? Has wonder become routinised, sensationalised? Have we become numb to wonder? How does wonder work, or not work, in various fields of enquiry or cultures? What are the challenges to wonder in today’s world? How might a sense of wonder affect the way we live and act in our world?

This year the VHI seeks to explore and revitalise the forgotten grammars of wonder.



All events are held at St Edmund's College (Garden Room) unless otherwise indicated. Events are free, open to the public, and followed by drinks.

Audio or video of the lectures can be found on our Audio/Video page.


Michaelmas 2017

Friday 10th November | 16:00

Philip Goodchild

 Friday 24th November | 16:00


Lent 2018

Friday 9th February | 16:00

The Annual Von Hügel Lecture: Pope Francis' Revolution of Mercy
Cardinal Blase Cupich

Friday 23th February | 16:00

William Desmond • Catherine Pickstock

Friday 9th March | 16:00

Robin Attfield


Easter 2018

Friday 27th April | 16:00

AI, Digital Dualism and the Loss of Wonder
Ilia Delio OFM

Friday 18th May | 16:00

Love and Wonder: Relationships Between Ideal and Reality

Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn • Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi

Friday 25th May | 16:00

The Lattey Lecture

The Book of Revelation: A Neglected Resource for Catholic Social Teaching?
Ian Boxall

Friday 1st June | 16:00

Innocence and Wonder: Lecture-Recital

Steven Isserlis

Friday 8th June | 16:00

Feminism and Wonder

Marguerite La Caze


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