May 3 – Leonidas Pittos

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Leonidas Pittos will present “Aesthesis and Aesthetics in Nicholas Kabasilas’ Mystagogic Works.”

The relationship between Hesychasm and the liturgical theology of the lay theologian and humanist Nicholas Kabasilas has been debated in modern scholarship. Yet, much of the debate has focused narrowly on the differences between Hesychasm’s contemplative spiritualism and Kabasilas’ emphasis on liturgy as well as on the role of reason in spiritual perfection. This paper will suggest that aesthetics and the role of the senses in liturgy and spirituality may cast a brighter light on Kabasilas’ relationship to Hesychasm.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 3rd, at 4:30 pm in CWAC 152.

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