February 19 CU at Joslyn
with Jeffrey Hause, Philosophy and Classical and Near Eastern Studies
2 - 3 pm
Joslyn Art Museum in partnership with Creighton University presents stimulating lectures by Creighton faculty in Joslyn’s Abbott Lecture Hall on select Sundays at 2:00 pm. CU at Joslyn, offered in collaboration with Creighton’s University College, presents a variety of topics and interdisciplinary perspectives on Joslyn’s collections or exhibitions. CU at Joslyn is free with regular museum admission for general public, and always free for Museum members and Creighton students and faculty with ID.

"Abelard’s Unique Love" presented by Jeffrey P. Hause, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy and of Classical and Near Eastern Studies

The 12th century’s most brilliant scholar, Peter Abelard forsook the knighthood that was his birthright to study philosophy and do battle with the forces of ignorance and convention. These skirmishes earned him both fame and enmity: In his autobiography, he depicts his life as a constant cycle of intellectual successes followed by personal assaults. This cycle is punctuated by his dramatic love affair with Heloise, the 12th century’s most brilliant woman; an episode from this affair is fancifully captured by the Joslyn’s remarkable painting Les Amours d'Héloïse et d'Abeilard. The affair ends permanently with Abelard’s violent castration, which he himself finds a fitting punishment for his pride and lust. However, it is not hard to see that Abelard’s pursuit of Heloise sprang from the very motive that led him to abandon his knighthood to pursue philosophy: his life’s unique love, the love of wisdom. 

Jeffrey P. Hause, Ph.D.,
a Creighton faculty member since 2002, teaches ethics and moral psychology and has written numerous articles on Thomas Aquinas, philosophy and religion. He is co-editor of the Hackett Aquinas Project, a series of translations and commentaries of Aquinas’s works published by Hackett Publishing Company. He also received Creighton University’s Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching achievement in 2006 and held a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities at Cornell University. He was an associate professor at St. John’s Seminary College from 1995-2000 and served as an instructor or visiting instructor at Cornell University, the University of Virginia and University of Massachusetts as well as Bentley College and Merrimack College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and in Classics and Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Irvine, respectively, and master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Cornell University.

Coming up at CU at Joslyn...
March 18 – Ekphrastic Poetry: A Reading and Informal Discussion
presented by Susan Aizenberg, Department of English, Creighton University

Image: Jean Vignaud (French, 1775–1826), Abelard and Heloise Surprised by the Abbot Fulbert, 1819, oil on canvas, 47 ½ x 39 ¾ in.; 120.65 x 100.96 cm. Museum purchase, Collectors' Choice, 1985, 1985.6