Brown Bag Of Form and Failure: American Puritanism, Quantification, and the Way of All Grace 11 July 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Trocchio, University of California, Berkeley

From its foundations in the diagrammatic habits of sixteenth-century England to its intercourse with the new science of infinity, Puritanism applied a series of quantitative strategies for understanding an arbitrary God and the perfection of his decrees. This program argues that, simultaneously as these quantifications failed, their very failure inspired the imaginative leap between sensory and intelligible things that Puritanism made requisite for knowledge of God and one’s grace.