The Catholic University of America

Rev. Dr. Kurt J. Pritzl, O.P.
Dean and Associate Professor

Areas of Specialization

  • Ancient philosophy, especially early Greek philosophy and the thought of Aristotle
  • The theory of knowledge and philosophical anthropology
  • Ancient accounts of soul and truth

 

Publications

Books

Truth: Studies of a Robust Presence, edited by Kurt Pritzl, O.P. Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, volume 51. (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2010). 

 

Articles

 "The Role of Philosophy at a Contemporary Christian University (A Sketch)" in Joy in the Truth: The Catholic University in a New Millennium. Forthcoming from the University of Notre Dame Press.

“Apostolic Religious Life in the Post-Vatican II Church: Ongoing Challenges of Renewal—Perfect and Imperfect Love” in Apostolic Life in America Today: A Response to the Crisis  edited by Richard Gribble. Forthcoming from The Catholic University of America Press.

“Anaximander’s apeiron and the Arrangement of Time” in Early Greek Philosophy: Philosophy at the Dawn of Rationality, edited by Joe McCoy. Forthcoming from The Catholic University of America Press.

"Aristotle's Door," in Truthedited by Kurt Pritzl, O.P., 15-39. Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, volume 51. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2010.

"The Place of Intellect in Aristotle," Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association: 80 (2006): 57-76. 

"Philosophy in the Pastoral and Spiritual Formation of Priests," Seminary Journal 11 (2005): 40-44.

"Truth in Fides et Ratio: Aristotelian Reflections and Recommendations," Communio 29 (2002): 89-106.

"The Significance of Some Structural Features of Plato's Crito," in Johannes M. Van Ophuijsen, ed., Plato and Platonism (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1999), pp. 60-83.

"Being True in Aristotle's Thinking," Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 14 (1998): 177-201.

"Opinions as Appearances: endoxa in Aristotle," Ancient Philosophy 14 (1994): 1-10.

Review of Essays on Aristotle’s De Anima, edited by Martha C. Nussbaum and Amélie Oksenberg Rorty, in Review of Metaphysics 47 (1994): 836-7.
"Ways of Truth and Ways of Opinion in Aristotle," The Importance of Truth: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 67 (1993): 241-52.
"On Sense and Sense Organ in Aristotle," Realism: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 59 (1985): 258-74.

"On the Way to Wisdom in Heraclitus," Phoenix 39 (1985): 303-16.
Review of Toward the Soul: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Psychê before Plato, by David B. Claus, in The Thomist 49 (1985): 311-3.
"The Cognition of Indivisibles and the Argument of De Anima 3.4-8," Practical Reasoning: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 58 (1984): 140-50.

"Aristotle and Happiness after Death: Nicomachean Ethics 1.10-11," Classical Philology 78 (1983): 101-11.
Review of Aristotle the Philosopher, by J. L. Ackrill, in Review of Metaphysics 36 (1982): 439-41.

Lectures and Addresses

“Contemplation in Everyday Life (with Help from Some Philosophers),” Dumaine Lecture Series, Catholic Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 30 April 2007.

“Contemplation and Truth When Made in the Image of God: Aristotelian Reflections in Post-Modern Times,” Dominican House of Studies, 12 April 2007.

“Contemplation and Sharing,” Saint Thomas Aquinas Lecture, Saint Mary University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota, 6 March 2007. 

“Philosophy and the Spiritual and Pastoral Life of Priests,” Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona, Minnesota, 5 March 2007.

“Praying the Stations: Christ’s Passion and the Whole of Life,” Lenten Series, Church of the Little Flower, Bethesda, Maryland, 22 February, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March 2007.

"Contemplative Wisdom: The Goal of a Dominican Education," Aquinas Convocation, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio, 25 January 2007.

"The Place of Intellect in Aristotle," Invited Plenary Address, American Catholic Philosophical Association 80th Annual Meeting on "Intelligence and the Philosophy of Mind," Denison University, Granville, Ohio, October 29, 2006.

Invited Celebrant and Homilist, Alumni Association, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Mount Vernon, Virginia, 11 June 2006.

“Poverty, Chastity, Obedience: Against Dryness,” Annual Retreat, Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, Washington, D. C., 5-7 June 2006.

“Intellect and Truth in Aristotle’s De Anima,” Thomas Aquinas College, 24 March 2006.

“The Dominican Intellectual Life,” Vocation Weekend, Dominican House of Studies, 11 February 2006.

“The Revised Program of Priestly Formation and Its Reception by American Seminaries: Philosophical Formation in Relation to Human, Spiritual, and Pastoral Formation,” Committee on Priestly Formation Special Session, American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, University of Notre Dame, 29 October 2005.

"Philosophy in the Pastoral and Spiritual Life of Priests," 2005 Alumni Days, Theological College, Washington, D.C., 5 October 2005.

Invited Paper, "The Role of Philosophy at a Contemporary Christian University," Joy in the Truth: The Catholic University in the New Millennium, Notre Dame Center for Ethics, University of Notre Dame, 1 October 2005.

“Grounded and Guided: The Role of Divine Providence in Life,” The Pope Paul II Guild of Catholic Lawyers, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, 22 September 2005.

Invited Preacher, Triduum for the Solemnity of Saint Dominic, Monastery of Our Lady of the Perpetual Rosary, Summit, New Jersey, 5-8 August 2005.

“Keeping Your Head without Losing Your Passion: Acedia.” Theology on Tap, Archdiocese of Washington Ministry to Young Adults, 12 July 2005.

“The Role of Philosophy in Spiritual and Pastoral Formation,” Seminary Department Convocation, annual meeting of the American Catholic Educational Association, Philadelphia, 30 March 2005.

“The ‘finale of seem’—Truth, Life, and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition,” Classical Philosophy Lecture Series, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, 17 March 2005.

“Confession: Spiritual and Practical Matters,” I Shall Prepare My Heart: Day of Reflection for Elect and Candidates, The George Washington University Catholic Center, 5 March 2005.

“The Cardinal Virtues: A Lenten Series of Sunday Homilies on Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance,” organized with Brian Shanley, O.P., Saint Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., 12-13 February, 19-20 February; 26-27 February, 5-6 March 2005; “Prudence,” 12-13 February; “Fortitude,” 26-27 February 2005.

Invited Homilist, University Mass in Honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, The Catholic University of America, Crypt Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 25 January 2005.

“The Eucharist in Our Lives,” Men’s Weekend, St. Benedict the Moor Parish, Washington, D. C., at St. Joseph’s Seminary, 25 September 2004. 

“Managing and Marketing our Catholic Identity,” presentation and facilitation of discussion at The Catholic University of America Administrative Council Retreat “Moving Forward—A Calculated Approach,” Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 10 June 2004.

“Knowing for Its Own Sake,” address at the initiation ceremony of Phi Beta Kappa, The Catholic University of America, 14 May 2004.

“Faith, Hope, and Love: A Lenten Series of Sunday Homilies,” organized with Brian Shanley, O.P., Saint Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., 6-7 March, 20-21 March, 27-28 March 2004; “Love,” 27-28 March 2004.

“Aristotle and the Door of Truth,” Saint Louis University Philosophy Colloquium, 5 March 2004.

Spiritual Director, “The Continuing Importance of Humanae vitae on Its Thirty-Fifth Anniversary: 2003 Diocesan Natural Family Planning Coordinators and Teachers Conference,” Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Phoenix, Arizona, 9-12 July 2003.

Spiritual Director, Diocesan Pro-Life Directors’ Meeting, Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, United States National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Buffalo, N.Y., 8-9 August 2002.

Commencement Homilist, Saint Peter’s Interparish School, 7 June 2002.

“Prayer: A Lenten Series of Sunday Homilies,” organized with Brian Shanley, O.P., Saint Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., 16-17 February, 23-24 February, 2-3 March 2002.

“The Seamless Garment: Homilies and Shared Reflections,” organized with Brian Shanley, O.P., Saint Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., 15-16 September, 20-21 October, 17-18 November 2001.

“Aristotle’s Door,” The Franklin J. Matchette Foundation Lectures: Truth, The Catholic University of America, 6 September 2002.

“On the Role of Truth in Catholic Higher Education,” Spring Public Lecture, Wheeling Jesuit University, 7 February 2002.

“Truth in Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical Fides et ratio,” Seminar Presentation, Catholic Studies Program, Wheeling Jesuit University, 7 February 2002.

“Dominican Mission,” New Trustee Orientation, Providence College Board of Trustees, 1 October 2001.

“The Love of Wisdom: The Need for Philosophy in Every Child’s Education,” National Association of Catholic Home Education, 2001 Convention, Woodbridge, Virginia, 21 July 2001.

“Truth in Fides et ratio,” American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, Committee on Philosophy in Priestly Formation, Dallas, Texas, 4 December 2000.

“‘Death for Dummies’: A Catholic Perspective on the Basics of Human Mortality,” Presentation and Discussion, Young Adults Monthly Mass and Meeting, Archdiocese of Washington, 19 November 2000.

“Did Socrates Corrupt the Youth?—Why You Need Some Philosophy in Your Catholic Home Education,” National Association of Catholic Home Education, 2000 Convention, Manassas, Virginia, 15 July 2000.

“Our Selves Know Not What It Is,” Teams of Our Lady Retreat, Priestfield, West Virginia, 22-24 October 1999.

“Students and Liberal Education in the New Millennium,” Academic Convocation “Catholic Dominican Education: Challenges and Opportunities: The Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of Caldwell College,” Caldwell College, 20 September 1999.

Invited Homilist, Solemnity of the Stigmata of Saint Francis of Assisi, Conclusion of the Celebration of the Centenary of the Commissariat of the Holy Land, Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Sepulchre, Washington, 17 September 1999.

Panelist, “Careers in Academia,” The Catholic University of America, Washington, 4 February 1999.

Invited Homilist, University Celebration of the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Catholic University of America, 28 January 1999.

“The Future of Education,” Family Weekend, The Catholic University of America, 17 October 1998.

“Millennia,” Freshman Convocation, The Catholic University of America, 16 September 1998.

Invited Homilist, Solemn Novena to Saint Anne, Shrine of Saint Jude, Saint Mary’s Church, New Haven, Connecticut, 17-25 July 1998.

“The Rosary,” Campus Ministry, The Catholic University of America, 11 March 1998.

“Being True in Aristotle’s Thinking,” Lecture, Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Boston College, 26 February 1998.

“Aristotle on Truth: Partial and Full, Obscure and Clear, Less and More,” Seminar, Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Boston College, 25 February 1998.

“Birthday Ham: Life, Nature and Convention,” Invited Talk, Phi Eta Sigma: National Freshman Honors Society, The Catholic University of America, 13 February 1998.

“Parish Ministry: What, Why, and How,” Saint Peter’s Parish Ministry Retreat, Trinity College, 18 October 1997.

Invited Speaker, Induction Ceremony, Phi Eta Sigma: National Freshman Honors Society, The Catholic University of America, 3 October 1997.

“Jesus Christ and the Millennium: Tertio Millennio Adveniente,” Jubilee Committee, The Catholic University of America, 21 February 1997.

Invited Homilist, Celebration of the One Hundred and Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Founding of Saint Peter’s Parish on Capitol Hill, Washington, 19 November 1995, 7 April 1996, 29 June 1996.

“The Philosopher and the Many: Common Ground in Plato’s Crito,” Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph, 12 May 1995.

“Exploring the Homeland,” Saint Thomas Aquinas Lecture, Academic Convocation in Honor of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Ohio Dominican College, 25 January 1995.

“About the Rosary,” Campus Ministry, The Catholic University of America, 30 November 1994.

“Aristotle and Aquinas on Shared Convictions,” Inaugural Lecture, Pontifical Institute of Theology, Krakow, Poland, 19 September 1994.

“Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas: Experience and Faith,” Krosinko Lectures 1994, Poznan, Poland, 21-28 August 1994.

“Putting Theology in Its Place: A Philosophical Perspective,” Cluster of Independent Theological Schools, 25 January 1994.

“The Significance of Some Structural Features of the Crito,” The Franklin J. Matchette Foundation Lectures: Plato and Platonism, The Catholic University of America, 19 November 1993.

“Lineamenta: Lines and Sketches,” Summer Retreat, Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of Saint Cecilia, Nashville, Tennessee, 13-20 June 1993.

“Appointed Times:  Living the Life of Faith,” Five Lenten Presentations, Saint Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill, Washington, Spring 1993.

“Ways of Truth and Ways of Opinion in Aristotle,” Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Saint Louis, 27 March 1993.

“Opinions as Appearances: endoxa in Aristotle,” Colloquium Paper, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Eighty-Ninth Annual Meeting, Washington, 30 December 1992.

“Anticipation: Desiring the Presence of Christ,” An Evening of Recollection for Advent, Saint Joseph’s Ladies Council, Saint Joseph’s Church, Herndon, Virginia, 19 November 1992.

“The Role of Common and Expert Opinion in Rational Inquiry,” The Franklin J. Matchette Foundation Lectures, James Madison University, 11 March 1992.

Invited Homilist, University Celebration of the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Catholic University of America, 28 January 1992.

“Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and What Others Think,” Saint Thomas Aquinas Colloquium, Providence College, 27 January 1992.

“What Does God Have for Me?  Come, My Beloved,” Weekend Retreat for Single and Young Adult Groups of the Archdiocese of Washington, Rose Valley Retreat Center, 1-3 November 1991.

“Sensation and Mixture in Aristotle’s De Anima,” Ninth Annual Conference, Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy/Society for Ancient Philosophy, New York, 28 October 1990.

endoxa as phainomena in Aristotle,” The Catholic University of America, 31 January 1986.

endoxa as phainomena in Aristotle,” Fourth Annual Conference, Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy/Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, 26 October 1985.

“On Sense and Sense Organ in Aristotle,” Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Milwaukee, 14 April 1985.

“The Cognition of Indivisibles and the Argument of De Anima 3.4-8,” Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Pittsburgh, 8 April 1984.

“Aristotle and Happiness after Death,” Annual Conference of the Canadian Philosophical Association, Montreal, 3 June 1980.

“Heraclitus and the Way to Wisdom,” The Catholic University of America, 15 February 1980.