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The College of Philosophy and Letters offers multiple lectures throughout the year.

Scholars in Our Midst

This ongoing series features scholars from across the Saint Louis University community who are engaging questions that intersect with the Catholic intellectual tradition and the mission of the Society of Jesus.The series is sponsored by SLU’s College of Philosophy and Letters and the Office of Mission and Identity.

Date: Monday, August 31, 2020
Time: 3-4:15 p.m. on Zoom
Lecture Title: Suffering and Flourishing

Eleonore Stump, Ph.D.
Robert J. Henle, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
Scholarly works include: Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford 2010) and Atonement (Oxford 2018) 


For a Zoom invitation, please contact Dr. Randy Rosenberg, Dean of the College of Philosophy and Letters, at

John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Philosophy for Ministry Lecture

This series of lectures delivered by leading scholars exemplifies the central mission of the Saint Louis University College of Philosophy and Letters: to provide our students with the intellectual tools for reflecting on the social, cultural and theological contexts of Catholic ministry in today's world.

The 2020 lecture has been postponed due to COVID-19. 

The discipline of philosophy has traditionally supplied the framework for such reflection, oriented toward preparation for theological studies.

Today, in response to the Church's call for fruitful dialogue between faith and the contemporary world, philosophical reflection must also illuminate the various social and cultural contexts in which Christian ministry finds itself.

This orientation toward the context of ministry thoroughly imbued the research, writing and teaching of Father John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., a Jesuit philosopher and member of the Saint Louis University Department of Philosophy from 1974 until his death in 2012. It is thus entirely appropriate that the Lecture Series takes Fr. Kavanaugh as its inspiration and exemplar.

2020 John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Philosophy for Ministry Lecture (Postponed)

To be delivered by Dr. Colleen McCluskey, SLU Department of Philosophy
4 p.m.
September 17, 2020  *Postponed due to COVID-19*
Sinquefield Stateroom, DuBourg Hall, Room 409

Past Lectures 

2019: The Pursuit of Intimacy
Theodore Vitali, C.P.
Former Chair of the Saint Louis University Department of Philosophy

Watch the Lecture

2018: A Joint John F. Kavanaugh, S.J.- Walter J. Ong, S.J. Bicentennial Event The Pressure of the Word: Presence and Distance in Walter J. Ong’s Secondary Orality
Steve Schloesser, S.J.
Professor History, Loyola University-Chicago

2017: Guilt and Forgiveness
Eleonore Stump, Ph.D. 
Robert J. Henle, S.J., Professor of Philosophy

2016: Lest Loves Compete: St. Augustine’s Theology of Charity
David Meconi, S.J., D.Phil.
Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Director of the Edmund Campion Centre for Catholic Studies

2015: Liturgy and the Work of Ethics
Jeffrey Bishop, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy,
Director, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
Tenet Chair of Health Care Ethics

2014: Testimony and Religious Belief
John Greco, Ph.D.
Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy
Saint Louis University