Loyola University Maryland

Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture

Photography by Larry Canner

Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture presented by Steven Nadler, Ph.D.

Loyola University Maryland welcomed Steven Nadler, Ph.D., William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy, Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities, and Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for the Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall.

Nadler’s lecture, “Spinoza on the Divinity of Scripture,” focused on 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s views on Scripture and the philosophical question raised by Spinoza’s claim that the Bible is not literally of divine origin, but a work of human literature. 

Nadler received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His research is devoted to the study of philosophy in the 17th century. His books include A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age; The Philosopher, the Priest and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes; Spinoza: A Life; and Rembrandt's Jews, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest publication, completed in collaboration with his son Ben, is the graphic book Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy. 

The Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture was established by the Jerome S. Cardin family to foster exploration of topics in the humanities pertinent to the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly in the area of Jewish-Christian relations. The annual lecture, hosted by the Center for the Humanities at Loyola University Maryland, is open to the region’s academic and religious communities and the general public.

To view pictures from the event by Larry Canner Photography, please visit Loyola Advancement on Flickr. For more information on previous lectures, please visit Celebrating the History of Cardin.