The School of Philosophy’s 41st annual Fall Lecture Series is dedicated to Monsignor John F. Wippel, the Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy, who celebrated his 75th birthday this August. In celebration of the priest’s work, the series is exploring themes of metaphysics, one of his areas of expertise.
“Monsignor Wippel is among the world’s leading authorities on the metaphysical thought of Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest philosophers and theologians of all time,” says Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., dean of the School of Philosophy. “The lectures are being delivered by some of the world’s foremost scholars in the field of metaphysics, the most central area of philosophical reflection since it studies the nature of ‘being’ itself.”
The sequence of addresses, this year titled “Metaphysical Themes, In Honor of John F. Wippel,” is one of the longest continuously running philosophy lecture series in the country. The 12 lectures began on Sept. 12 and continue through Dec. 5.