LaCroix Lectures

The Rockhurst University Philosophy Department established the annual LaCroix Lecture Series in 2001 in order to provide Rockhurst students, and the wider Rockhurst community, with stimulating presentations by distinguished thinkers on topics both of current relevance and historical significance.  The Series is named in honor of Fr. Wilfred LaCroix. S.J., long time distinguished member of the Philosophy Department. 

Past lecturers in the Series include:

Spring 2001
Dr Doug Geivett
Biola University, Los Angeles
"Why I believe in the Rationality of Miracles"

Fall 2001
Dr Edward Macierowski
Benedictine University, Atchison, Kansas
"Faith and Reason in Thomas Aquinas"

Fall 2002
Fr John Kavanaugh, Ph.D., S.J.
St Louis University
"Advertising and the Formation of Conscience"

Spring 2004
Dr Raymond Dennehy
University of San Francisco
"Philosophical Arguments Against Abortion"

Fall 2005
Dr Piotr Jaroszynski
Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
"Catholic Perspectives on Science and Culture: Europe and America"

Spring 2007
Professor William Eckhardt
University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Law
"War and Morality"

Fall 2008
Professor Andrew Apathy, JD
"The Injustice of 'Lady Justice' in Criminal Trials"

Spring 2009
Dr Donald Hatcher
Baker University
"The Ethics of Belief: Why Religion must be subject to critique"

Fall 2010
Dr James Stedman
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
"Aristotle's Cardinal Virtues: Their application to Assessment of Psychopathology and Psychotherapy"

Spring 2011
Dr Catherine Green
Rockhurst University
"Nursing and Philosophy, A Synergy: How both disciplines advance our understanding of what it means to be a human person"

Fall 2011
Fr Andrew Murray, Ph.D.
Catholic Institute of Sydney, and the Australian National University
"The Contemporary Relevance of Aristotle's Politics"

Spring 2013
Dr Bruce Ballard
Lincoln University
"Moral Error as a Source of Intellectual Error"

Fall 2013
Dr Jamie Spiering
Benedictine College
"Human Free Will:  We Need It, But Is It Real?"

Fall 2014
Fr Francis Clooney, S.J., Ph.D.
Harvard University
"How should we approach other religions?"

Spring 2015
Dr John Dudley
Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium 
"Aristotle's views on chance, and their contemporary relevance"