June 13-17, 2005
Conducted by Professor Thomas Hibbs
Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture, Baylor University
Each day’s conversation will focus on a particular aspect of the general question of the relation between Catholicism and contemporary American culture:
1. Taking Stock of our Cultures of Death and Life
2. Violence, the New Problem of Evil, and the Resurgence of Horror
3. The Family in Popular Culture
4. Irony, Truth, and Hope
5. The Role of the University: Inquiry and the Motif of the Quest
Readings will be drawn from the writings of Pope John Paul II, various Catholic philosophers and literary figures and other philosophers and contemporary social critics.
Thomas Hibbs is Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University. His recent books include Shows About Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture from “The Exorcist” to “Seinfeld” (1999), as well as Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good (2001) and Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the “Summa Contra Gentiles” (1995). Hibbs previously taught at Boston College.