Addresses in Honor of Robert Aaron Rethy, April 14, 2009

51st Annual Thomasfest Lecture | March 18, 2009

The Xavier University Philosophy Department presents the 51st Annual Thomasfest Lecture:


April 14, 2009 -- Conaton Board Room, Xavier University

Reception: 6:30 pm

Lectures: 7:30 pm

Robert Aaron Rethy (1949-2008) was Professor of Philosophy at Xavier University for twenty-six years.  A scholar of nineteenth century German thought and of ancient Greek philosophy, Professor Rethy received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, where he worked with Stanley Rosen and Richard Kennington.  While at Xavier, he served the University with great distinction, most notably as Chair of the Philosophy Department for twelve years.  An esteemed scholar, an inspiring teacher, and a devoted and respected colleague, Professor Rethy lived up to the highest standards of personal and intellectual excellence.  We take the opportunity of this year’s Thomasfest to celebrate his life and thought with four addresses by Xavier faculty:

Dr. E. Paul Colella, Professor and Director of Philosophy, Politics, and the Public
“ Cartesian Echoes in Giambattista Vico’s Scienza Nuova”
        E. Paul Colella was educated at Boston College and Fordham University, and joined the philosophy department at Xavier in 1979.  Since then, he has chaired the department, and directed the University Scholars program and the Philosophy, Politics and the Public program.  Professor Colella has published on American philosophy, Italian Pragmatism, and modern political philosophy.

Dr. Richard Polt, Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department
“Sleepers at Work: Heraclitus, Fragment 75”
        Richard Polt has taught Philosophy at Xavier since 1992.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and is the author of two books on Martin Heidegger.

Dr. Steven Frankel, Associate Professor of Philosophy
“Robert Rethy’s Jewish Thought”
        Professor Frankel has taught Philosophy at Xavier since 1998, having taught previously at the American University of Paris.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and has published extensively on the thought of Spinoza.

Dr. Anthony Jensen, Visiting Professor
“Robert Rethy’s Nietzsche”
        Professor Jensen has been at Xavier since 2006, having received his Ph.D. from Emory University.  A former student of Professor Rethy, Professor Jensen has published several articles on various aspects of Nietzsche’s thought.