Monsignor Robert S. Sokolowski will give his inaugural lecture as the new Elizabeth Breckenridge Caldwell Professor of Philosophy at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, at the William J. Byron Auditorium at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.
In October, Monsignor Sokolowski was appointed to one of two newly established chairs in the School of Philosophy. His lecture, entitled “Language, the Human Person and Christian Faith,” will be followed by a response by Professor Richard Cobb-Stevens of Boston College.
In his lecture, Monsignor Sokolowski will explain his definition of human beings as “agents of truth,” which they express with their use of language and the responsibility they have for their actions and the lives that they lead. He also will explain how Christian faith enriches both human truth and human conduct.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.
Monsignor Sokolowski is well known for his work in phenomenology, the study of the development of human consciousness and self-awareness. The author of numerous articles and books on the subject, Monsignor Sokolowski also has served as a consultant on issues related to math and the philosophy of science at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, in Los Alamos, N.M.
“Monsignor Sokolowski is a brilliant, original and creative philosopher who, nevertheless, is grounded in the great writings of the past, especially those of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and Edmund Husserl,” says the Rev. Kurt Pritzl, dean of CUA’s School of Philosophy.
In 1961, Monsignor Sokolowski received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from Catholic University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Louvain in 1963. Later that year, he became an instructor at CUA’s School of Philosophy; in 1969 he became ordinary professor.
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