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Director: Ronna Burger, Department of Philosophy

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2013-2014 Lecture Program


Stephen Palmquist

"Kant on Obedience and Resistance to Authority"

November 14, 2014

Stephen Palmquist is a Professor of Philosophy at Hong Kong Baptist University.



Jacob Howland

"Kierkegaard on Theodicy, Law, and Love"

Kathleen and John F. Bricker Memorial Lecture
October 22, 2014

Jacob Howland is McFarlin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa, where he has received several teaching awards since he arrived in 1988, after completing his PhD in Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. He has written and lectured on Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle, and Kierkegaard, on the Hebrew Scriptures and the Talmud, and on Holocaust literature. Along with numerous articles, he is the author of The Republic: The Odyssey of Philosophy (MacMillan 1993, Paul Dry 2004), The Paradox of Political Philosophy (Roman & Littlefield 1998), Kierkegaard and Socrates: A Study of Philosophy and Faith (Cambridge 2006), and Plato and the Talmud (Cambridge 2011).


Clifford Orwin Lecture

Clifford Orwin

"Will not the Judge of All the World Act Justly? Abraham's Plea to God on Behalf of Sodom"

Eleanor and Nathaniel P. Phillips Sr. Memorial Lecture
April 24, 2014

Clifford Orwin is a Professor of Political Science, Classics, and Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. He earned a BA in history at Cornell, and a PhD in Political Science at Harvard. He has held visiting positions at Harvard and Chicago, as well as in Jerusalem, Paris, and Lisbon. Orwin writes regularly on current affairs for the Canadian national newspaper, Globe and Mail. He is the author of The Humanity of Thucydides (Princeton 1997) and co-editor of The Legacy of Rousseau (Chicago, 1997), as well as numerous articles on topics of Jewish political thought.


James Carey Lecture

James Carey

"Spinoza's Response to Christian Scholasticism"

George Hitchings Terriberry Memorial Lecture
March 20, 2014

James Carey has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the United States Air Force Academy since 2004, while holding a position as a tenured member of the faculty at St. John’s College Santa Fe, where he also served two terms as Dean of the College and one year as Acting President. Dr. Carey received his PhD from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. He has just published “The Pleasures of Philosophizing and its Moral Foundation” (Interpretation, fall 2013) and has recently completed a book on Thomas Aquinas, Natural Law and Natural Reason.


Ronna Burger Lecture

Ronna Burger

"In the Court of an Oriental Despot: the Book of Esther"

Marianna and Rabbi Julian B. Feibelman Memorial Lecture, March 12, 2014

Ronna Burger is Professor of Philosophy, Catherine & Henry J. Gaisman Chair, and Sizeler Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University. She is the author of Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates: On the Nicomachean Ethics (Chicago 2008) and The Phaedo: A Platonic Labyrinth (Yale 1984, St. Augustine’s Press 1999) and is currently working on studies of the Hebrew Bible.



Wilfred M. McClay

"The Strange Persistence of Guilt in a Post-Religious Age"

Martin M. Kelly Memorial Lecture, October 24, 2013

Wilfred McClay holds the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, and served for eleven years as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America (1994), which won the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians, The Student’s Guide to U.S. History (2001), Religion Returns to the Public Square (2003), Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past (2007), and the forthcoming Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Public Life in Modern America. He taught in the Tulane History Department from 1987 to 1999.


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