In this free lecture, Dr Kevin Killeen explores the intellectual world of Sir Thomas Browne; his experiments, how he understood the mesh of science, the humanities and religion
Collector of curiosities, debunker of myths, inspiration to writers and doctors alike, coiner of words, owner of a live ostrich and expert witness at a witch trial. Sir Thomas Browne is probably the greatest British genius the vast majority of British people have never even heard of.
He was also a renowned physician, wrote some of the most beautiful prose in English and has long figured in the history of medicine and the humanities. His most famous work, Religio Medici, 'the Religion of a Physician', deals with the relation between the body and soul, the cusp of life and death.
In his lecture Dr Kevin Killeen will address Browne's intellectual world, his experiments and how he understood the mesh of science, humanities and the religious.
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Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of York, Dr Kevin Killeen, is one of the editors of the Oxford Works of Sir Thomas Browne with Queen Mary University. He has written several books, on Browne, on seventeenth century politics and religion and on the history of science.
"...the Royal College of Physicians have resurrected Browne and his enthusiasms in a small but exquisitely constructed exhibition. Visiting is as close as anyone can get to today to the paradise John Evelyn encountered... a remarkable achievement.’
Current exhibition ' A cabinet of rarities': the curious collections of Sir Thomas Browne' closes Friday 1 December 2017. See the RCP Visiting page to plan your visit.