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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - The Light of Transcendence and the Vicissitudes of Time

25th February 2014, 17:30 to 18:30, The Birley Room, Hatfield College, Professor Peter Gratton, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada


In 2001, U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney argued in an interview how the American government would have to learn "spend time in the shadows" and work on the "dark side." This paper traces a long thinking of power in terms of light and transcendence from Plato's notion of the good beyond being in The Republic through to the Sun King of early modernity and looks at how power's invocation of darkness is part and parcel of the end of thinking power's transcendence, given the utter immanence of nationalistic thinking that is the story of sovereignty in the modern period.

Directions to Hatfield College

Map - Hatfield College is denoted as building No: 20

This lecture is free to attend and open to all.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.