SFU’s Philosophers’ Café & Inklings Institute of Canada/Department of English Event, “Mythology and Science: Intersections”
In his essay “The Funeral of a Great Myth,” C. S. Lewis points out that the “myth” of “popular Evolution” (or “Evolutionism”) predates the biological theory, and he argues that science met the “imaginative need” that already existed. Lewis speaks of the science of evolution as the best hypothesis on the market, and at the same time asks us to rethink the “deep reasons for its popularity.” Why did we want evolution? What is the nature of myth, narrative, meta-narrative, the philosophy of modern science, and the various ways of knowing? As fantasy author Madeleine L’Engle encouraged her readers, we must “live into the questions that we all have”: “Some of these questions don’t have finite answers, but the questions themselves are important. Don’t stop asking, and don’t let anybody tell you the questions aren’t worth it. They are.”
Co-sponsored by the Inklings Institute/Department of English.
Moderator: Monika B. Hilder (Ph.D. Simon Fraser University) is Professor of English at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, and co-founder and co-director of Inklings Institute of Canada. She is the author of a three-volume study of C.S. Lewis: The Feminine Ethos in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia (2012); The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy (2013); Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender (2013). She has also published on George MacDonald, L.M. Montgomery, and Madeleine Lâ Engle, as well as short fiction, drama, and poetry.