Classical Philosophy Lecture Series

Loras College established the “Classical Philosophy Lecture Series” in 1990 in order to provide the Loras community and the general public access to nationally recognized philosophers who are involved in the exploration of issues of current relevance and perennial significance. The lecture series is made possible through the generosity of the Edith Long Fund. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Past lecturers in the Classical Philosophy Lecture Series have included the following:

Fall, 2012

John Trapani, Ph.D.
Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio
"Drawing the Line Somewhere: Finding Truth in Art and Morality"

Spring, 2012
Jennifer Lackey, Ph.D.
Northwestern University – Evanston, Illinois
“What Should We Do When We Disagree?”

Fall, 2011
Rev. Richard McGrath, O.S.A., Ph.D.
Providence Catholic High School – New Lenox, Illinois
“To Play as Did: Catholic Social Teaching and Sports”

Spring, 2011
Thomas Wren, Ph.D. 
Loyola University – Chicago, Illinois
“Civic Virtue is Not Enough”

Fall, 2010
Aphrodite Alexandrakis, Ph.D.
Barry University – Miami Shores, Florida
“The Artist, The Work of Art, and The Role of Education”

Spring, 2010
Chad Ray, Ph.D.
Central College – Pella, Iowa
“The Dignity of Public Service: Augustine and the Greeks”

Fall, 2009
Curtis Hancock, Ph.D.
Rockhurst University – Kansas City, Missouri
“Catholic Education and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Culture”

Spring, 2009
James Madden, Ph.D.
Benedictine College – Atchison, Kansas
“Do We Need God to be Good? Atheism, Intelligent Design, and the Possibility of Practical Reason”

Fall, 2008
Jacqueline Scott, Ph.D.
Loyola University – Chicago, Illinois
“The Price of the Ticket: A Genealogy and Revaluation of Race”

Spring, 2008
Alice Ramos, Ph.D.
St. John’s University – Queens, New York
“Art, Truth, and Morality: Are the Arts a Help or a Hindrance to Discovering Our True Identity?”

Fall, 2007
Merold Westphal, Ph.D.
Fordham University – Bronx, New York
“The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism”

Spring, 2007
Cornelia Tsakiridou, Ph.D.
LaSalle University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Not All Christian Art is Christian: In Search of Christ’s Icon”

Fall, 2006
Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D.
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri
“Why Religion is Appropriate in Politics: The Place of Religious Arguments in the Public Square”

Spring, 2006
Peter Redpath, Ph.D.
St. John's University - Staten Island, New York
"Postmodern Civilization at the Crossroads: Ruminations on the Possibilities of Recovering Our Philosophical Reason in the Hope of Avoiding Postmodernity's Slaughterhouse"

Fall, 2005
Tom Michaud, Ph.D.
Wheeling Jesuit University - Wheeling, West Virginia
"The Virtues of Business Ethics: Through Common Sense to Virtuous Common Decency"

Spring, 2005
Kurt Pritzl, O.P., Ph.D.
The Catholic University of America - Washington, D.C.
"The 'finale of seem'-Truth, Life, and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition"

Fall, 2004
Michael Novak
American Enterprise Institute - Washington, D.C.
"Can Islam Be Reconciled With Democracy?"

Spring, 2004
Carol Dempsey, O.P., Ph.D.
University of Portland – Portland, Oregon
“Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters, and Righteousness Like an Ever-Flowing Stream: A Biblical and Theological Vision for a New Global Ethic”

Fall, 2003
Joanne Ciulla, Ph.D.
University of Richmond – Richmond, VA
“Leadership and the Challenge of Ethical Competence”

Spring, 2003
Elizabeth Linehan, RSM, Ph.D.
St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia, PA
"Violence vs Non-Violence: The Morality of War With Iraq"

Fall, 2002
Jorge Gracia, Ph. D.
SUNY – Buffalo, NY
“The Good and the Bad:  The Quest for Happiness in The Lord of the Rings”

Spring, 2002
James V. Schall, S.J.
Georgetown University – Washington, D.C.
“On the Sum Total of Human Happiness”

Fall, 2001
Susan Haack, Ph. D.
University of Miami – Miami, FL
“Science, Literature, and the ‘Literature of Science’”

Spring, 2001
Jeanne M. Heffernan, Ph. D.
Pepperdine University – Malibu, CA
“The Philosophy and Politics of Freedom:  Classical Solutions to Modern Problems”

Fall, 2000
Michael W. Tkacz, Ph. D.
Gonzaga University – Spokane, WA
“Before Aristotle Went West: The Multicultural Heritage of the Western Intellectual Tradition

Spring, 2000
Keith E. Yandell, Ph. D.
University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI
“The Contemporary Relevance of St. Augustine’s Theory of the Soul”

Fall, 1999
Kevin Corrigan, Ph. D.
University of Saskatchewan –Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
“Three Faces of the Self in Ancient and Modern Thought: From Ego to Spirit”

Spring, 1999
Brendan Sweetman, Ph. D.
Rockhurst College, - Kansas City, MO
“The Postmodern Critique of Traditional Philosophy:  An Assessment”

Fall, 1998
Richard J. Klonoski, Ph. D.
University of Scranton – Scranton, PA
“Beneath the surface of Professional Ethics Education:  On the Need to Return to Classical Philosophy”

Spring, 1998
Patricia Werhane, Ph. D.
University of Virginia, VA
“Environmental Sustainability and Economic Growth:  Partners or Adversaries?”

Fall, 1997
Heidi Malm, Ph. D.
Loyola University – Chicago, IL
“Law, Liberty, and the Prevention of Harm:  Should Good Samaritanism Be Legally Required?”

Spring, 1997
Rev. Joseph W. Koterski, S. J.
Fordham University – New York, NY
“Can There Be Genuine Freedom Without Authority?”

Fall, 1996
Gregory J. Kerr, Ph. D.
Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales – Center Valley, PA
“Magical Seduction:  Does Art Really Benefit the Viewer?”

Spring, 1996
Herbert I. London, Ph. D.
New York University, NY
“The State of the Academy”

Fall, 1995
David Schweickart, Ph. D.
Loyola University – Chicago, IL
“Capitalism, Capital Flight, and Market Socialism or Why Capitalism Doesn’t Work”

Spring, 1995
Aphrodite Alexandrakis, Ph. D.
Barry University – Miami, FL
“Sensual Beauty, Ideal Beauty, and Works of Art”

Fall, 1994
Robert Meredith Helm, Ph. D.
Wake Forest University – Winston Salem, NC
“Through a Glass Darkly: Looking Toward a New Millennium”

Spring, 1994
Curtis L. Hancock, Ph. D.
Rockhurst College – Kansas City, MO
“Talking to the Animals: Did Doctor Doolittle Get It Wrong?”

Fall, 1993
Ralph McInerny, Ph. D.
Notre Dame University – Notre Dame, IN
“The Advantage of a Catholic University”

Spring, 1993
Jude P. Dougherty, Ph. D.
The Catholic University of America – Washington, D.C.
“What Was Religion?  The Demise of a Prodigious Power”

Fall, 1992
Igor Hanzel, Ph. D.
Comenius University – Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
“The Concept of Causality and its Relation to the Socio-Economic and Ecological Dimensions of Human Activity”

Spring, 1992
Peter A. Redpath, Ph. D.
St. John’s University – Staten Island, NY
“The New World Disorder – Its Roots and Remedies”

Fall, 1991
Don Asselin, Ph. D.
Hillsdale College – Hillsdale, MI
“Towards a More Medicinal Ethics”

Spring, 1991
John P. Hittinger, Ph. D.
College of St. Francis – Joliet, IL
“The Just War Theory:  Rationalization or Restraint?”

Fall, 1990
Fr. Jules Brady, S. J.
Rockhurst College – Kansas City, MO
“Does the Proof of God’s Existence Have Religious Value?”

Spring, 1990
Fr. Leo Sweeney, S. J.
Loyola University – Chicago, IL
“Humanism:  Secular or Christian” 
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