The Law of Nature and the Law of Drama

with Dr Joseph Milne

Sunday 19th September 2021

3:00pm – 4:30pm: £15 (UK time) via Zoom

WELCOME TO THE CENTRE FOR MYTH, COSMOLOGY AND THE SACRED’S SHAKESPEARE SERIES. THIS SESSION IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF THREE, EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE’S WORLD. 

About the session: In Shakespeare’s England there continued a consciousness of a correspondence between the order of Nature and the human order, inherited from the Middle Ages. Human events and a universal unfolding of time were connected. This understanding is reflected in the heated debates over Church and state at that time, and in the jurisprudence debates over written and unwritten law. It is no accident that Shakespeare’s theatre was called the Globe, since humanity was seen in a cosmic context. Drama has a privileged way of mirroring this human situation and the dilemmas and conflicts that arise within it. This was so with the ancient Greek dramas and so it was also in the dramas of Shakespeare. In this talk we shall explore the underlying theme of the correspondence between the great law of nature and the laws which unfold in Shakespeare’s dramas. 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Joseph Milne was born in Liverpool in 1946 and now lives in Kent. He originally studied music but later turned to theology and won a British Academy award for his PhD research in theological anthropology. He taught for many years on the renowned MA in the Study of Religion and Mystical Experience at the University of Kent. He now gives much of his time to The Temenos Academy, The Eckhart Society, and The Henry George Foundation.

His main interests are Greek philosophy of nature, medieval Christian mysticism, Shakespeare and renaissance Christian Platonism. In modern philosophy he is interested in the hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur and the ontology of Martin Heidegger.

Currently he is writing a book on Natural Law, based on new research into the Greek and medieval understanding of Nature and the place of man and society within the cosmic order. This represents a serious philosophical and theological challenge to the prevailing nihilistic materialism.

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