Catholicism, Culture, and Modernity

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This interdisciplinary seminar explores aspects of the relationship between Catholicism and the modern world, and examines alternatives to standard narratives of secularization by drawing on recent work in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. The seminar provides a forum for scholars to present and discuss the Catholic intellectual tradition in a modern academic setting.

Professor Pierre Force

Professor Lorenzo Polvani

Matt Mazewski

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/27/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Is the God of Descartes's Metaphysics the 'God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob'?
Sophie Berman, St. Francis College
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10/18/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Heidegger, T.S. Eliot, and the concept of time
Thomas Pfau, Duke Divinity School
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11/14/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
theological implications of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s novel The Red Wheel
Daniel Mahoney, Assumption College
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