Nature in American Philosophy In Honor of Dean Emeritus Jude P. Dougherty

"Much have I learned of life and the world, throwing strong lights upon philosophy in these years. Undoubtedly its tendency is to make one value the spiritual more, but not an abstract spirituality. . . . [It has] led me to rate higher than ever the individual deed as the only real meaning there is [in] the Concept, and yet at the same time to see more sharply than ever that it is not the mere arbitrary force in the deed but the life it gives to the idea that is valuable."

--Letter of C. S. Peirce to William James, 1897. Used with permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University

September 8                             
Russell Goodman, University of New Mexico
The Colors of the Spirit: Emerson and Thoreau on Nature and the Self

September 15                           
Vincent Colapietro, The Pennsylvania State University
Peirce’s Reclamation of Teleology

September 22                           
Karl-Otto Apel, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Pragmatism without Regulative Ideas? In Defense of Charles Peirce’s Theory of Reality and Truth

September 29                           
John Clendenning, California State University Northridge
The World Beyond Our Mountains: Nature in the Philosophy of Josiah Royce

October 6                                  
Jean De Groot, The Catholic University of America
Homegrown Positivism: Charles Darwin and Chauncey Wright

October 13                                
Joseph Margolis, Temple University
Dewey’s Metaphysics of Existence

October 20                                
Stefano Poggi, Università di Firenze
William James and German Naturalism

October 27                                
Benedict Ashley, O.P., Aquinas Institute of Theology
Nature and Metaphysics in American Thomism

November 3                              
Robert George, Princeton University
Holmes on Natural Law and Legal Science

November 10                             
Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University
Nature and History in Tocqueville's Thought

December 1                               
Nicholas Rescher, University of Pittsburgh
Perspectives on Nature in American Philosophy

All lectures are held at 2:00 p.m. in the Life Cycle Institute Auditorium at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 20064.

This series is made possible by the support of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation and the George Dougherty Foundation.

For further information, contact the Office of the Dean, School of Philosophy, 202-319-5259,