The list of things we “know” is forever changing form. Like some kind of shape-shifting chimera, our concept of knowledge (thirst for, quest for, meaning of etc. etc.) is more fluid than we are often comfortable admitting. How many things do we actually know know? How willing are we to acknowledge that this is a decidedly short list? Before ideas of reality and deep-seated philosophical strata run away with our higher faculties, it is safe to say that while the perceptions may change with generations, humans will always know things to some degree or another. So what did our ye olde forbearers “know”? Come satiate your curiosity (and perhaps gain a little more knowing for yourself) tonight at A Reader’s Corner Bookstore as James Grote presents his new book, Medieval Literacy: A Compendium of Medieval Knowledge with the Guidance of C.S. Lewis, at 6pm.
With a local career that spans both years of study and a myriad of fields, James Grote is perhaps quite at ease with the concept of “knowing”. Grote has channeled his talents as a financial journalist for numerous national trade publications, professed in the field of philosophy at several universities throughout the state – as well as the Abbey of Gethsemani – and has published over 150 articles in the areas of business, philosophy, religion and spirituality (fun fact: look for his work in German, Portuguese and – wait for it – Indonesian).
This most recent publication, Medieval Literacy, provides a compilation of lists documenting the mind and understood mentality of the Middle Age, taking an encyclopedic scrutiny of the Medieval worldview. While scholarly in nature, curious minds without PhDs can easily use Medieval Literacy as a point of reference for further exploration into the realm of this era. Put your thinking caps on and stop by A Reader’s Corner as Grote discusses his book, pens signatures and opens the door on Medieval shenanigans.
A Reader’s Corner Bookstore is located at 2044 Frankfort Avenue.
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