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The 2018 Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture

Freedom from Reality?
A Lecture by D.C. Schindler on the Essence of Freedom and its Forgotten Origins

Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 8PM

What is freedom and what is its origin? What does it have to do with human desire, fulfillment, authority, and power?

A great deal of uncertainty surrounds these questions. As a result, in workplaces, on campuses, even in one’s own home, personal risk and responsibility in human relationships are progressively eroded and replaced with rules, policies, and risk management directives, as if we were suspicious of leaving too much room to freedom’s unpredictability.

In a land that values liberty, it seems that we are confused about what really brings us freedom, we trust it less and less and are willing to trade it for one of its many palliatives. How did we end up here?

The Third Annual Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture will be given by Prof. D.C. Schindler who will speak about a topic that was so dear to Monsignor Albacete, and address some of the above questions.  


Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, soul, mind and mentor of Crossroads, chaired its advisory board from its establishment in 2007 until he passed away on October 24, 2014. In order to honor his memory, to deepen his profound intuitions about the interaction of culture with religiosity and reason, and to follow his shining example of dialogue with people in various walks of life by meeting them at the level of human experience, Crossroads has established the “Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture.”

D.C. Schindler is Associate Professor of Metaphysics and Anthropology at The John Paul II Institute at The Catholic University of America, in Washington DC. He received his BA in Great Books at the University of Notre Dame, his MTS at The John Paul II Institute in theological anthropology, and then an MA and PhD in philosophy at CUA. Schindler works on the themes of the transcendentals (beauty, truth, and goodness) and their anthropological correlates (love, reason, and freedom), above all in ancient Greek philosophy, classical German philosophy, and modern and contemporary Catholic philosophy. He is the author of many books—most recently Freedom from Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty (ND Press, 2017) and Love and the Postmodern Predicament: Rediscovering the Real in Beauty, Goodness, and Truth (Cascade Books, 2018)—and the translator of Ferdinand Ulrich’s Homo Abyssus: The Drama of the Question of Being. He is also an editor of the North American edition of Communio.

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