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Summer Conference 2022: The Way of the Heart – WEBINAR

Notice: In Person booking is now open - booking for the webinar will open in late June

Date: Friday 26th August 2022 - Sunday 28th August 2022 Location:
Start time: 4:00pm End time: 12:30pm Type: Webinar

We are delighted to welcome back Robert Mercurio and Giulia Valerio, whose joint presentation in 2017 was so warmly received.

The pathways of reason and of logic are both linear and straight, without curves or bends. They are for the most part foreseeable and lead us to their destination without wasting time. The way of the heart may, at first sight, seem to be imprecise, irregular, and full of detours. It is however the pathway of poets, of lovers, of mystics, and of artists. There is a place where the pathway of reason and the way of the heart meet and intertwine, complementing and correcting each another. This is what T. S. Eliot called ‘the still point’, and even those who work in the fields of the so-called ’empirical sciences’ have begun to appreciate the importance of the way these two paths crisscross. We will try to examine various ways in which these two paths interact with one another and see the value of the synergy that can thus emerge. Topics include: ‘The Courage of the Heart’, ‘The Vision of the Heart’, ‘The Poetry of the Heart’, and ‘The Inclusiveness of the Heart’.

The conference will include four talks by the two speakers and a plenary session.  There may be additional sessions to be confirmed nearer the time.  A full timetable will be published on this page when available.

Please Note:

This event will be livestreamed (you can join in person in Oxford or as a webinar attendee on Zoom). 

This page is for booking the webinar only.  Please click here if you wish to attend in person.

Both the live and webinar audience will be able to put their questions to the speakers.

Webinar booking closes shortly before the start of the first talk, exact time tbc.