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Philosophy Lecture Honoring Monsignor John Wippel: "On Angels and Human Beings"

2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7


The Catholic University of America
Aquinas Hall Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

Carlos Bazan, professor at the University of Ottawa, delivers the ninth lecture in the Fall Philosophy Lecture series, "Metaphysical Themes, In Honor of John F. Wippel." The series - in its 41st year - is one of the longest continuously running major philosophy lecture series in the country. This year it is dedicated to Monsignor John F. Wippel, the Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy, who celebrates his 75th birthday.

"The existence of separate substances (pure forms, intelligences, angels) was not questioned by medieval thinkers" Bazan says. "The apparent agreement of the Aristotelian, Neoplatonic and Scriptural sources was so compelling that they accepted the presence of such intellectual entities in the universe as a matter of fact. This in turn had an impact on many fundamental philosophical questions."

In his lecture, Bazan will examine whether the notion of separate substances impacted Thomas's conception of the human soul and of the human being and whether he justified the existence of such separate entities by a critical philosophical demonstration.

The other lectures in the series are scheduled for Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5. All the lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, go to, contact the Office of the Dean, School of Philosophy, at 202-319-5259, or e-mail


School of Philosophy
Franklin J. Matchette Foundation
Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation
George Dougherty Foundation

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, reporters must contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.