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Yale's Louis Dupré to give Erasmus Lectures

Author: Arts and Letters


Louis Dupr, T. Lawrason Riggs Professor Emeritus in Yale University’s religious studies department, will give the first four of this year’s Erasmus Lectures during October at the University of Notre Dame.

As the Erasmus lecturer, Dupr will present eight lectures under the collective title “Religion and the Rise of Modern Culture.” The first four of the talks, titled “Modern Culture: Its Promises and Disappointments,” will be given Monday (Oct. 3). All lectures will begin at 4:30p.m. in the Hesburgh Center auditorium and are free and open to the public.

Dupr’s teaching, writing and scholarship concern phenomenology, social theory and ethics. A pioneer in Marxist-Christian dialogue, he is a prominent scholar in the philosophy of religion and the study of mysticism. In addition to books and essays on the thought of Hegel, Marx and Kierkegaard, he has written widely on religion and modern culture. His book, “The Passage to Modernity: An Essay in the Hermeneutics of Nature and Culture,” culminated a lifetime of reflection on the roots of modern culture.

The remainder of Dupr’s fall lecture schedule is as follows: “The Breakdown of the Union of Nature and Grace” on Oct. 5 (Wednesday), “The Crisis of the Enlightenment” on Oct. 10 (Monday), and “The Sources of Modern Atheism” on Oct. 12 (Wednesday).

The series, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Erasmus Institute, will be continued with four more lectures in the spring semester.

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Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on September 26, 2005.