CANCELLED: Heavenly creatures? Visions of animal afterlife in Early Modern England
***Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this lecture has been cancelled / Purtroppo per cause di forza maggiore la conferenza è cancellata***
WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER, 18.00–19.30
Lloyd Strickland (Manchester Metropolitan)
Although the idea of an animal afterlife is still not a mainstream Christian view, in recent decades it has started to achieve a degree of intellectual, academic, and theological respectability. But the idea of an animal afterlife is not new. In fact, it won a great deal of support in England in the 17th and 18th centuries, with a good many theologians and philosophers endorsing it, though they often disagreed about which kinds of animals would have an afterlife and the nature of their state there. In this talk, Lloyd Strickland looks at the different ways in which thinkers in early modern England understood the idea of an animal afterlife and considers the theological and philosophical reasons that motivated them to entertain it.
Conference to follow on 25-26 October