Scherer Lecturer Poses American Economy’s ‘Big Questions’
UD Welcomes Nationally Renowned Natural Law Scholar
Date published: March 22, 2017
Father Joseph W. Koterski, associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University,
will deliver the keynote for this week’s University of Dallas Scherer Lecture, “A
Practical Moral Vision for the American Economy,” in which he will address the state
of current natural law reflected on economics. The lecture series, sponsored by the
American Public Philosophy Institute (APPI) and the Politics Department, will be held this Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March
25, and will feature six scholars from different disciplines and institutions across
the country, including first-year APPI board member, Associate Professor of History
and Department Chairwoman Susan Hanssen.
"Father Koterski is a nationally known natural law scholar and teacher, and he'll
be asking the big questions about how to think about economics — and, with current
controversies in the United States, this is certainly a valuable framework to have,"
said Professor of Politics and APPI President Christopher Wolfe.
Koterski specializes in the history of medieval philosophy and natural law ethics.
He is editor-in-chief of the International Philosophical Quarterly and has authored
and co-authored a number of books, including “An Introduction to Medieval Philosophy:
Some Basic Concepts,” “Medieval Education” (with Ron Begley) and “Culture and Creed”
(with John Conley). He earned a doctorate in philosophy from St. Louis University
in 1982 and later earned a master’s in sacred theology from Weston School of Theology
in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“In our increasingly hostile political world, we must learn to engage others respectfully,”
said Daniel L. Carr, a fellow of UD’s Institute of Philosophic Studies and administrative
assistant for the APPI. “In this lecture, students will engage and think critically
about some our country’s pressing economic issues.”
The Scherer Lecture honors the late Mary Scherer, daughter of Frank and Jean O’Brien
of St. Louis, longtime friends and benefactors of the university and parents of several
The APPI, founded in 1989 to give natural law theory greater prominence, moved to
the University of Dallas in 2014, which sponsors events for students and faculty at
the university, and also for Dallas businesses and professional leaders.
View the full schedule.