Warren Chair of Catholic Theology Sponsors Four Spring Lectures

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Warren Chair of Catholic Theology introduces four lectures this spring as part of a continuing effort to bring Catholic speakers of a high caliber to Duke Divinity.

Michael Novak will present “Three Battle-Cries in Search of Meaning: Social Justice, the Common Good, and Personal Liberty,” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 in Room 0012 Westbrook.

Novak won the Templeton prize for Progress in Religion in 1994, and has published more than 25 books, including the influential “The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism.” He has held academic positions at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Notre Dame, and is currently resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Peter Casarella will speak under the title “Word as Bread: Nicholas of Cusa and the theological problem of language” from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 in Room 042 Langford.

Casarella is professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University. He is the editor and co-editor of several books, including “Cusanus: the Legacy of Learned Ignorance” (2006), and “Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré” (1998). He has published articles in Communio, The Thomist, and other journals.

Gregory LaNave will present “Bonaventure and Aquinas on the One God: Convergence or Conflict?” from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. on March 18 in Room 0013 Westbrook.

LaNave will pay special attention to recent scholarship concerning differences between Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas, and to the tendency to read Bonaventure in a non-Thomistic way. LaNave is assistant professor of theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., long-time managing editor of The Thomist, and author of “Through Holiness to Wisdom: The Nature of Theology According to St. Bonaventure” (Rome, 2005).

Jean-Luc Marion will present “Saint Augustine, or the Impossibility of a Cogito and the Certitude of Desire” from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on April 8 in Room 0016 Westbrook.

Marion is professor of the philosophy of religions and of theology at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School, and professor of philosophy at the University of Paris IV — the Sorbonne; he was elected to the Académie Française in 2008, and is among the most eminent Catholic philosophers working today. He works in phenomenology, early modern philosophy (especially Descartes), Greek and Latin patristics, aesthetics, and (anti)-metaphysics. The most recent of his books to appear in English is “The Erotic Phenomenon” (2007); the most recent to appear in French is “Au lieu de soi: l’approche de Saint Augustin” (1st ed. 2008; 2d ed. 2009; English translation in progress).

Duke Divinity School’s Professor Paul J. Griffiths will offer a brief response to the lecture, and there will be opportunity for discussion. Refreshments will be served following the lecture and discussion. For details about the lectures, contact Griffiths.