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18:30 - 19:30 19 May 2015

Lux intelligibilis. What's in a Metaphor?


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Dilwyn Knox, is Director of the School of European Languages Culture & Society.

We say ‘I see what you mean’. We speak of the Enlightenment. What is this inner light that helps us think? Who discovered it? What does it do? Why has it inspired for centuries the most pervasive metaphors used to describe how we think? Why are we heliotropes rather than dung beetles in our quest for knowledge? And what does it matter or, rather, why has it mattered to some people so much that they have become martyrs in its name? And what on earth - or for heaven’s sake? - has it to do with the Renaissance. A passage written in a villa just outside fifteenth-century Florence will, it is hoped, shed some light and clarify all.

Part of UCL's Festival of the Arts.


Tessa Rickards
+44 (0)20 7679 1346 | t.rickards@ucl.ac.uk