The Catholic University of America

Sept. 7, 2006

CUA School of Philosophy's 2006 Fall Lecture Series to Explore Thought, Writings of Saint Augustine

WASHINGTON - The School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America will dedicate its 39th annual Fall Lecture Series to the study of Saint Augustine, a pre-eminent influence in the development of western Christianity.

Titled "Augustine and Augustinianism," the fall event is one of the longest, continuously-running major philosophy lecture series in the country. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be presented by 11 scholars from the United States and abroad. The first lecture will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, in the Life Cycle Institute Auditorium at CUA.

The fall 2006 series will examine the philosophy, theology, political theory and lasting influence of Saint Augustine, a renowned early Christian thinker who integrated many elements of Platonic philosophy with Christian thought. Known for his theological reflections on the Trinity, creation, sin and salvation, among a host of other groundbreaking ideas, Saint Augustine was "the first Western thinker to reflect deeply on the human will, as a faculty and its freedom," says CUA Professor Kevin White, who opens the series with a lecture titled "Augustine on Number and Species."

"We have some of the best scholars working on some of the most important figures in the history of thought gathered for this series," says Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., dean of CUA's philosophy school.

All the lectures will be held Fridays at 2 p.m. in the Life Cycle Institute Auditorium located on CUA's campus at 620 Michigan Ave., N.E. The dates, names of the speakers and the titles of their lectures follow.

Kevin White, The Catholic University of America, "Augustine on Number and Species"
Sept. 15:
Roland Teske, Marquette University, "Time, the World-Soul and the Heaven of Heaven in the Confessions"
Sept. 22:
Christopher Cullen, Fordham University, "Real Humanism: Bonaventure's Philosophy of Human Nature"
Sept. 29:
Steven P. Marrone, Tufts University, "Henry of Ghent and Seeing Augustine Through Plato-Colored Glasses"
Oct. 6:
James Wetzel, Villanova University, "Augustine's Short History of Philosophy"
Oct. 13:
Gareth Matthews, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), "God and Evil in Augustine and Descartes"
Oct. 20:
Eric Gregory, Princeton University, "The Alleged Anti-Perfectionism of Augustinian Politics"
Nov. 3:
Matthias Vorwerk, The Catholic University of America, "Magna Quaestio: Augustine on Ideas of Individuals"
Nov. 10:
Wayne J. Hankey, Dalhousie University and Kings College, Halifax, "Augustine in the 20th-Century Revival of Neoplatonism in France"
Nov. 17:
Gerard O'Daly, University College, London, "Subject and Substance in Augustine's Thought"
Dec. 1:
John Rist, University of Toronto and Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, Rome, "Augustine: Philosophical Questions, Theological Answers"

The School of Philosophy is one of only three philosophy faculties in the country organized as a separate school, along with those at Cornell and the University of Southern California. The school is unique for courses and scholarship grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition with an abiding concern for the relation between faith and reason, the intelligibility of nature and the possibility of an ethics and political philosophy based on rational insight into human nature.

The lecture series, offered each year since 1967, is made possible by a grant from the Franklin J. Matchette Foundation and support from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation and the George Dougherty Foundation. For additional information, contact the Office of the Dean, School of Philosophy, at 202-319-5259 or click on

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