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Jan. 23, 2002


Monsignor John F. Wippel to Present Inaugural Lecture on Aquinas

Monsignor John F. Wippel will present his inaugural lecture as The Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.

Entitled “Thomas Aquinas on God’s Freedom to Create or Not,” the lecture will be held in the William J. Byron Auditorium of the Columbus School of Law. Boston College Professor Stephen Brown, a theologian who serves as director of the university’s Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology, will give the response.

Monsignor John F. Wippel

Monsignor Wippel is an internationally prominent metaphysician and expert in medieval philosophy. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas and The Metaphysical Thought of Godfrey of Fontaines. Monsignor Wippel is the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors, including the Aquinas Medal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and has held two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Theodore Basselin chair is part of the Basselin program for the education of future priests centered in the School of Philosophy and Theological College, CUA’s seminary. The Basselin program, supported by an endowment bequeathed to CUA by Theodore Basselin, a New York businessman who died in 1914, emphasizes training in philosophy and public speaking and has for decades educated “the best and the brightest” seminarians attending CUA. Monsignor Wippel was himself a Basselin scholar as a CUA seminarian. He now teaches the core courses in the Basselin program, including a required course sequence in Thomistic metaphysics.

A reception will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the CUA School of Philosophy.

For more information, contact the School of Philosophy’s Office of the Dean at 202-319-5259 or e-mail: philosophy@cua.edu.



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