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Inaugural Lecture of the Norris-Hulse Professor

Professor Catherine Pickstock will deliver her inaugural lecture as the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity 

with an introduction by the Vice-Chancellor

 An online lecture released at 2pm BST on Wednesday 20th May 2020 (see below).

("Pastorale" by Barbara Hepworth, with thanks to Kettle's Yard)

 The Spider and the Bee: Confinement and Metaphysics 


If truth is more than the banality of ‘what is’, more than a ‘redundant’ terminology, then a certain faith in its possibility as continuously arriving and as disclosive addition or ‘grace’ is implicitly required. This is no luxury – it is rather the key to the sustaining of human communication and interaction beyond the epistemological lockdown of the spider’s cobweb-castle.


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