James Turner

James Turner is the Cavanaugh Professor of Humanities, Emeritus in the history department at the University of Notre Dame. His research has focused on the intellectual history in America and Great Britain. He has written several books, including Without God, Without Creed: The Origins of Unbelief in America (1985) and Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities (2014).


Volume 128

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Guests on Volume 128: Matthew Crawford, on how skillful engagement with the material world provides the setting for true individuality; Carlo Lancellotti, on Augusto Del Noce's critique of modernity; James Turner, on the origins of the humanities in the venerable discipline of philology; Rod Dreher, on what he learned from Dante’s Divine Comedy; Mark Evan Bonds, on the idea of "absolute music"; and Jeremy Beer, on the neglected accomplishments of Booth Tarkington.