Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention
The seventeenth-century French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche thought that philosophy could learn a valuable lesson from prayer, which teaches us how to attend to, await, and be open for what might happen next. In his book Death Be Not Proud (Chicago, 2016), Associate Professor of English David Marno explores the precedents of Malebranche’s advice by reading John Donne’s poetic prayers in the context of what Marno calls the “art of holy attention.”
Marno is joined by Niklaus Largier (German and Comparative Literature). After a brief discussion of Marno's work, they open the floor for discussion.