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Duquesne, National Institute for Newman Studies to Explore Christian Intellectual Tradition and Deconstruction

An upcoming lecture, Tradition and Deconstruction, will explore the relationship between the Christian intellectual tradition and the postmodern deconstructionist approach.

Presented by Dr. Philipp W. Rosemann, philosophy professor at the University of Dallas, the event will be on Friday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center on the first floor of the Gumberg Library.

Although tradition and deconstruction may appear adversarial, Rosemann posits that they actually imply and require each other. For example, a living tradition needs to be reminded of the unexplored possibilities that deconstruction unearths within its own past, while deconstruction is fruitful only as part of a tradition-building project.

The talk will take the form of a dialogue between texts by Denis the Carthusian, a 15th-century theologian, and Martin Heidegger, whose reflections on destruction, or "Destruktion," in Being and Time remain seminal for the deconstructionist method.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the National Institute for Newman Studies and the Department of Philosophy.

For more information, call 412.396.6388.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.