Aristotle's Children
John Courtney Murray Lecture Series
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The rediscovery of Aristotle's works in Spain by twelfth-century Roman Catholic monks was one of the most significant events in Western intellectual history. The subsequent upheaval in philosophy, theology, and science transformed Christian thinking, unleashing the West's first scientific revolution and putting a unique stamp on Europe's new universities and Listen to Audio

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its rising intelligentsia. In this lecture, marking the return of the John Courtney Murray Lecture Series, Professor Richard E. Rubenstein will explore the causes and nature of this achievement and why it still goes largely unrecognized. He will pay particular attention to why the "Aristotelian Revolution" took place with so little violence, and what we have to learn from these events in an age of religious terrorism.

Rubenstein, a specialist on religion and conflict, is the author of seven books, including
Aristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages (Harvest Books, 2003) and Thus Saith the Lord: The Revolutionary Moral Vision of Isaiah and Jeremiah (Harcourt, 2006).

5:15 p.m.
Michael Novak, AEI
Richard E. Rubenstein, author
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  • Michael Novak, a philosopher, theologian, and author, is the 1994 recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He has been an emissary to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has written twenty-seven books on the philosophy and theology of culture, especially the essential elements of a free society. His latest book is No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers (Doubleday, 2008).
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