Title: “In every gesture dignity and love”: The problem of grace between Aesthetics and Theology
Speaker: Martino Rossi Monti
Date, Time: 14/6/2011, 5:15pm
Location: Old Quad Common Room
Abstract: What do the flight of a swan and the moves of an athlete have in common? What is the relationship between a smile and an elegant gesture? How can all these things be called graceful? Does one have to be morally good in order to be graceful? Is there a connection between human grace and divine grace? I will try to address these questions by focusing on a tradition of thought in which aesthetic grace and theological grace are deeply intertwined. I believe that some of the most significant modern theories of grace are deeply rooted in this old tradition, which roughly starts with Plotinus and runs through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.