The Catholic University of America

School of Philosophy

The Catholic University of America

Fall 2000 Lecture Series


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,