Fr. Kurt J. Pritzl, O.P., speaking at the 2005 Joy in the Truth conference at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture on The Role of Philosophy in the Christian University. Fr. Pritzl is the Dean of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where he has taught for over thirty years. His distinguished predecessors in that post include the illustrious Fr. Ignatius Smith, O.P. who served as dean for twenty-five years. The School of Philosophy is one of only three philosophy faculties in the country organized as a separate school, along with those at Cornell and the University of Southern California. The school is unique for courses and scholarship grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition with an abiding concern for the relation between faith and reason, the intelligibility of nature and the possibility of an ethics and political philosophy based on rational insight into human nature. Fr. Pritzl is a friar of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph and assigned to the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.