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The apocalypse and Covid addressed in Chichester academic’s public lecture

THE use of apocalyptic ideas and images during the Covid-19 pandemic is the subject of a new open lecture by a University of Chichester academic.

Dr Tommy Lynch, a senior lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, will be addressing the impact of apocalyptic messages and the way that thinking about the end of the world presents challenges to philosophy at the virtual talk at 5:15pm UK time on Tuesday June 22. Entry for the open talk, via Zoom, is free and can be accessed at www.capas.uni-heidelberg.de/events.html.

The event, hosted by Heidelberg University in Germany, explores the research that Dr Lynch has been doing at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS), where he has been a Fellow since March of this year.

Dr Lynch joins leading scholars from around the world to study the effects of catastrophes and end-time scenarios on societies, individuals, and environments. Building on his earlier book, Apocalyptic Political Theology: Hegel, Taubes and Malabou, he is developing an apocalyptic ethics suited for the coming crises of the 21st century.

Dr Lynch said: “The pandemic has been a tragic, difficult and disruptive experience for many people, but we have also seen the very wealthiest people in the world become even wealthier.

“Governments have acted to help slow the spread of COVID, but in doing so have demonstrated an ability to control people’s lives to an extent that has surprised many citizens. Thinking about these experiences can help us develop approaches to the future crises that are no doubt coming.”

Read more about Dr Lynch’s research project at www.capas.uni-heidelberg.de/lynch.html. Alternatively go to www.chi.ac.uk/staff/philosophy-theology-and-religion/dr-tommy-lynch.

Virtual event details

  • Senior lecturer in Philosophy of Religion Dr Tommy Lynch presents his Ethics for the End of the World seminar
  • 5:45pm (UK time) on Tuesday June 22
  • Free entry via Zoom at www.capas.uni-heidelberg.de/events.html
  • The lecture is aimed at a general audience and all are welcome