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WHAT: September Talks: Fall Philosophy Lectures Series on “The Modern Turn”
WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Aquinas Hall Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.
DETAILS: Richard Hassing, associate professor of philosophy at Catholic University, delivers “Modern Turns in Mathematics and Physics,” the first lecture in the Fall Philosophy Lecture series, “The Modern Turn.” The lecture will be delivered Friday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m.

The series — in its 43rd year — is one of the longest continuously running major philosophy lecture series in the country.

“In the School of Philosophy we have always recognized the unique philosophical insight gained by examining pre-modern and modern philosophy in the face of each other,” said Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., dean of the School of Philosophy. “The Fall 2010 Lecture Series ‘The Modern Turn’ presents 12 highly distinguished scholars on the chief thinkers and most compelling topics of modern philosophy.”

In the opening lecture, Hassing will compare and contrast Aristotelian, classical and quantum physics.

On Friday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m., Nathan Tarcov, professor of political science at the University of Chicago, delivers the second lecture in the series, “Machiavelli’s Modern Turn.”

On Friday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m., Michael Rohlf, assistant professor of philosophy at CUA, delivers the third lecture in the series, “Happiness in Rousseau and Kant.”

The other lectures in the series are scheduled for Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10.

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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