Newman Lecture: From Moral Relativism to Normative Morality

April 25, 2013 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

From Moral Relativism to Normative Morality: Psychology and Psychotherapy from 1960 to Now


Paul C. Vitz, Ph.D.

Paul Vitz, Ph.D., is a professor and Senior Scholar at IPS, focusing his teaching and research on the integration of Christian theology, especially Catholic anthropology, with psychology. This requires breaking from the modern secularism and post-modern relativism prevalent today. He is presently focused on the following special topics: The Psychology of Hatred and Forgiveness; The Psychology of the Virtues; The Psychological Importance of Fathers; and the Positive Relevance of Psychology for the Priesthood. Dr. Vitz’s books include: Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship; Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious; Modern Art and Modern Science: The Parallel Analysis of Vision; Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism; and The Self: Beyond the Post-modern Crisis. He was Professor of Psychology at York University for many years prior to joining the faculty at IPS.


Lectures are held on the first floor of IPS (Classroom II). Light refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m. followed at 5:00 p.m. by a 45-minute lecture, 15-minute Q&A, and ending with a wine and cheese reception.


Reservations are required. Admission is complimentary but donations are greatly appreciated. To make your reservation or for additional information, please contact Nancy Flynn at or 703.416.1441 ext. 127.