‘Biology Worthy of Life’: On the Work of Steven Talbott

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, September 11th from
3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “‘Biology Worthy of Life’: On
the Work of Steven Talbott” by Lesley Rice from the Fall-Winter 2019
(Volume 46.3-4) issue of Communio entitled Nature in Theology.

The following is taken from the Introduction to the issue:
Lesley Rice, in “‘Biology Worthy of Life’: On the Work of Steven
Talbott,” presents this philosopher of science’s efforts to recover a
nonfragmentary approach to organisms. Inspired by a Goethean
appreciation of forms, Talbott focuses on the living growth, behaviors,
and interactions through which the organism expresses and realizes its
nature. Rice elucidates how this end entails a reevaluation of the
biologist’s methods of observing and studying other creatures: “To yield
genuine fruit, the conversation between knower and known must itself be
a gracious, receptive encounter, whose ethical dimensions are honored
long before any question of ‘applications’ comes into play.”

We will be holding another hybrid meeting whereby you are invited to
attend in person at the JPII Student Centre, located at St. Michael’s
Church, 240 Hemlock Street, Waterloo, Ontario, with masks, physical
distancing and attendance recorded, or via Zoom for those not attending
in person:

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Save-the-Date: The study day on David Bentley
Hart’s book That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal
Salvation will be a hybrid meeting in person and via Zoom Saturday, on
September 19th, at St. Micheal’s Church Hall in Waterloo. More details
to follow. If you would like to read the book in advance, you can order
it here:


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