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December Lectures: Fall Philosophy series: The Modern Turn

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

Catholic University’s Fall Philosophy Lecture series, The Modern Turn, this year celebrates its 43rd year. It is one of the longest continuously running major philosophy lecture series in the country.

On Friday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., Michael Gillespie, Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Political Science at Duke University, delivers the 11th lecture in the series, “Distinguishing Crime and Virtue: Machiavelli’s Modernism and the Christian Tradition.”

Gillespie is the author of Hegel, Heidegger and the Ground of History, and Nihilism Before Nietzsche. He is also co-editor of Nietzsche's New Seas: Explorations in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Politics, and Ratifying the Constitution.

On Friday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m., Rémi Brague, chair of the Study of Religion at the Ludwig Maximilian University, delivers the final lecture in the series, “The Failure of the Modern Project.”

Brague is the author of numerous books on classical and medieval culture, religion, national identity, literature and law. He is best known for his books Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization and Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea.

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

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


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