Dr. Duane Cady, a retired Hamline professor, spoke to audiences about moral pluralism in Sundin Music Hall on Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26.
Cady was unanimously voted to be this year's lecturer, Holland said, because of his theories on peace and nonviolence.
was shocked at Kellert's invitation, because previous Hanna Lecturers have included world-renowned philosophers like Cornel West and Marilyn Frye.
"I am well aware that I am not Noam Chomsky," Cady began his talk on Wednesday, referring to the famous linguist and philosopher who visited Hamline in 1997.
Cady's Hanna Lectures explained how dogmatism and relativism leave little room for compromise, and that a great deal of the world's violence results from the rigidity of these two ideas.
The solution, he
believes, is finding a middle ground.
"There is no final, once and for all standard that we can measure things against," Cady
also said he
spent many months working on his
talks, beginning in January.
The reason, he
said, had to do with the fact that he
normally speaks in front of people he
does not know, while the Hanna Lectures were in front of people he
had worked with and taught for many years.
"I've given a lot of talks over the years, but I'm a little bit more apprehensive about this one," Cady
said before his
first lecture on Wednesday.
"Before I came here to teach, I knew of Duane Cady
because of his prominence in his field," Bergin said.
, a graduate of Hamline
and a professor here for 37 years, taught his last philosophy class in the fall of 2011, and Holland said his former students and colleagues wanted to honor his many years of teaching.
Students and professors presented Cady
with a "festschrift," or a collection of articles they had written about him.
"I have just begun reading the essays of former students and colleagues, and I am humbled and deeply honored," Cady
wrote in an e-mail.
When all was said and done, Cady said he was happy with the turnout at both lectures, and enjoyed seeing familiar faces from both Hamline and Gustavus Adolphus, where he taught for three years before Hamline.
The discussion that went on after the talks was also successful, he
"The quality of questions and comments pushed me - and those attending - to think more deeply about the issues I was addressing," Cady
wrote in an e-mail.
Now that the Hanna Lectures are over, Cady
will return to his
research, as well as visiting his
grandchildren and hosting a hostel for elderly people in London in May.
teaching days, however, are not over.
"I considered it a promotion to permanent sabbatical.
I haven't really given up the work," Cady