From Mystery to Reason

Where did the Middle Ages end and where does the modern world begin? In separate interviews, Pamela Benson and Jasper Hopkins discuss the complex transition of cultural concepts and practices between the late medieval and early modern worlds in Europe.

First, Hopkins explores science and mysticism in the late Renaissance through the life of the mathematician, philosopher, theologian, and “speculative mystic” Nicholas of Cusa.

In the second segment [15:29], Benson offers insight on the role of women during the early English Renaissance period.

At the time of these interviews, Hopkins, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1983-84), was professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota.

Benson was professor of history and literature at Harvard University.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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