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Hannibal Lecture on Descartes with Prof. Aviva Rothman

By: John Isham

Time: 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT March 15

Location: Niemann Media Theater

Join us for a Hannibal Lecture on Descartes’s “Discourse on Method” at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in the Niemann Theater. Prof. Aviva Rothman, collegiate assistant professor, University of Chicago, is our guest lecturer. Her lecture is titled “(Un)Certainty and its Discontents: Descartes in Context.” This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

An anonymous autobiography, a history, a fable, a method: Just what exactly did Descartes intend to accomplish with his “Discourse on Method,” and why was he so invested in the pursuit of ‘clear and certain knowledge’? This lecture will consider these questions by situating Descartes in his intellectual and political context.

Prof. Rothman is a historian of science and early modern Europe. She is a collegiate assistant professor and Harper-Schmidt fellow with the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Society of Fellows, she taught Western Heritage at Carthage as a Bradley Fellow. Her first book, “The Pursuit of Harmony: Kepler on Cosmos, Confession, and Community,” was published in 2017 with the University of Chicago Press.

Rothman Hannibal poster revised Spring 2018

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Location: Niemann Media Theater