Looks like this event has already ended.
Check out upcoming events by this organizer, or organize your very own event.
Free-thinking and language-planning in the 17th century Royal Society
Friday, March 11, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
‘Free-thinking and language-planning in the 17th century Royal Society’
Speaker: Dr William Poole, New College, Oxford
Francis Lodwick was an unusual 17th century Fellow of the Royal Society. At the time the Society consisted mainly of gentleman-philosophers, but he was a London cloth-merchant who never attended university. The Fellows deliberately avoided discussing religion, but Lodwick was a radical free-thinker who composed long, secret, treatises critiquing the Biblical account of creation and arguing in favour of divorce, usury, and the notion that Biblical law applied only to the Jews. What was this man doing at the Royal Society? This talk will discuss Lodwick’s religious theories in the context of his major contributions to 17th century linguistics and the search for a universal language.
When & Where
The Royal Society Centre for History of Science
Description of your organisation