Oisín in the Land of In-Between
Cork-born philosopher, William Desmond will give a lecture entitled Being Between: A Condition of (Irish) Thought? on Wednesday 5 March at 8.00pm in AM 200, Arts Millennium Building, NUI, Galway.
Professor Desmonds lecture is the second in a series of Public Lectures hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI, Galway and will discuss the connection between philosophy, poetry and religion in the work of Burke, Yeats and Beckett before focussing on the story of Oisín as a revealing instance of the human and Irish condition of being in-between.
Professor Desmond has spent most of his working life teaching in America and in Europe where he now teaches at the Catholic University of Leuven. His visit to Galway provides a rare opportunity for Irish audiences to hear one of the most perceptive among contemporary philosophers whose work addresses some of the crucial human dilemmas of our time. Amongst other things, he explores the overwhelming human experience of loss, the tension between the private and the public, the inside and outside of the self, and the contrast between the transcendent experience of space in a great cathedrals and the monstrous dark togetherness of Nazi political rallies.