A very tranquil Oriel College, Oxford. I'm delighted to be giving a couple of seminars here, today & tomorrow, on the late-Cold War philosopher Jan Patočka.
"Before an absolute tribunal, only the angels would be acquitted." If you like this line by Emil Cioran, you'll like my next Hurst Publishers book on the gospels -- from which, through lines I sketch, anti-Christian Cioran takes his insight. Out in December --
I am very pleased to be joining the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, next semester, as visiting professor of the Centro di Studi Patristici "Genesis" - which is chaired by the great Claudio Moreschini.
Nabokov writes about "intimations of bliss" when reading the gospels & coming across "unexpected, sunlit" phrases like "green grass". --- See Mark 6.39: "Jesus instructed them all to recline in parties (sumposia!) on the green grass (epi to chlōrō chortō)." - Vladimir Nabokov, Glory, trans. D. Nabokov (London, 2012)
"I have sinned, forgive the past." - Bion of Borysthenes, a hard-living, atheistic Cynic philosopher, praying on his deathbed (Diogenes Laertius 4.7)
Very pleased to have given a lecture to the Hungarian Patristic Society on Nemesius of Emesa's "world city" at the idyllic 11th-century Saint Maurice Monastery in Bakonybél, Hungary, on 24 June 2022.
Very pleased that a Hungarian translation of my piece on Yukio Mishima's 1968 novel Life for Sale is out in the new issue of Budapest's Országút magazine. DLD on Mishima in the current print issue of Országút
Very pleased to have given a lecture on Augustine's Homilies on the Gospel of John and the history of European law at Villanova University, on 16 June 2022, during a conference hosted by The Augustinian Institute -- a conference from which, I am happy to say, I learned much.
Warmest thanks to the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen for hosting a highly stimulating three-day conference in Vienna on "War & Sacrifice in Patočka & Derrida". My opening lecture on "War & the Fate of Europe" in Patočka's late-Cold War thought can be viewed here.
Very pleased to be in Vienna this evening to give a lecture on “War & the Fate of Europe in Jan Patočka's Heretical Essays”, at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen -- & to comment, later this week, at the University of Vienna, on Martin Koci's pathbreaking book on Patočka & the Christian legacy.