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    Higher and More Lovable: The Nature - and Importance - of the Common Good | Prof. Jennifer Frey

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 49:59

    This talk was given on October 25, 2021 at Regent University. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the Speaker: Jennifer A. Frey (University of South Carolina) received her BA from Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana in 2000, and her PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. In 2013 she was Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago prior to taking up her current appointment as Assistant Professor in the Philosophy department at the University of South Carolina. Jennifer's research interests lie at the intersection of virtue ethics and action theory. She has publications in The Journal of the History of Philosophy, The Journal of Analytic Philosophy, and in several edited volumes. She is the recipient of several grants, including coa 2.1 million dollar project awarded by the John Templeton Foundation, titled "Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning in Life." She is currently at work on three separate book projects.

    Aquinas And Religious Pluralism: How To Engage Without Sacrificing Truth | Prof. Thomas Hibbs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 72:47


    This lecture was delivered to West Virginia University on October 14, 2021. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Thomas Hibbs is currently J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Professor of Philosophy at Baylor where he is also Dean Emeritus, having served 16 years as Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethic and Culture. Hibbs has a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and served as tutor at Thomas Aquinas College, Full Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy at Boston College, and President of the University of Dallas. At Baylor, Hibbs has also served as Director of Baylor in Washington, D.C. Hibbs works in the areas of medieval philosophy, especially Thomas Aquinas, contemporary virtue ethics, and aesthetics. He has taught widely in interdisciplinary core programs at Boston College and Baylor. Hibbs has published more than thirty scholarly articles and seven books, the most recent of which is Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Philosophy and Faith (Baylor University Press, 2017). He is currently working on a book on Catholic aesthetics that is under contract with the University of Notre Dame Press.


    What Does it Mean to be a Human? | Sr. Mary Angelica Neenan

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 46:27


    This lecture was delivered at the Texas A&M University on October 13, 2021. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Sister Mary Angelica Neenan, O.P. earned the S.T.D. from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, the Angelicum, in Moral Theology in 2011, as well as the S.T.L. and S.T.B. She has been teaching Theology at Aquinas College in Nashville since 2007, and has served in other assignments such as directing the study abroad program for Aquinas College in Bracciano, Italy, from 2014-2017. Sister Mary Angelica is also a trained portrait painter and enjoys painting and drawing, and received her first Undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Belmont University in Nashville. She is delighted to join the UD Theology faculty as an affiliate assistant professor.


    The Church Fathers and Aquinas on Christ's Human Knowledge | Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 67:09

    This talk was given at Hillsdale College on October 16, 2021 as part of the Thomistic Institute conference "Christ the Savior: Perspectives from the Early Church Fathers." For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., is the Director of the Thomistic Institute and Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.L. from the School of Philosophy of the Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He entered the Order of Preachers in 2001, after having practiced constitutional law for several years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also taught at The Catholic University of America Law School and at Providence College. He is the author of The Trinitarian Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Oxford University Press, 2016).

    The Cross as Revelation of the Divine Life in Gregory the Great I Prof. Jordan Wales

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 64:37

    This talk was given at Hillsdale College on October 16, 2021 as part of the Thomistic Institute conference "Christ the Savior: Perspectives from the Early Church Fathers." For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Jordan Joseph Wales is an Associate Professor of Theology at Hillsdale College, where he teaches historical theology. His scholarly work focuses on early Christianity as well as contemporary questions relating to theology and Artificial Intelligence. He received his M.T.S. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame after studying under a British Marshall Scholarship in the UK, where he received a Diploma in Theology from Oxford and a M.Sc. in Cognitive Science and Natural Language from the University of Edinburgh. He graduated with highest honors from Swarthmore College with a B.S. in Engineering and a minor in Physiological Psychology; and he received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

    Christ and the Sharing of Divine Communion in Cyril of Alexandria | Prof. Donald Fairbairn

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 40:45

    Happy Thanksgiving from the Thomistic Institute! This talk was given at Hillsdale College on October 16, 2021 as part of the Thomistic Institute conference "Christ the Savior: Perspectives from the Early Church Fathers." For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Donald Fairbairn is the Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His research interests focus on the relation between the doctrines of the Trinity, Christ, salvation and Christian life in the early church, especially in the 4th through 6th centuries. His responsibilities include further developing the Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity at the Charlotte campus, which explores the historical foundations of the Christian faith. After graduating from seminary in 1989, Dr. Fairbairn ministered in Soviet Georgia for a year and then taught theology, New Testament and apologetics at Donetsk Christian University in Ukraine from 1992-96. He also served as Assistant Academic Dean there. Since that time, he has continued to teach in Eastern and Western Europe through many short-term trips. Three of his English books have been published in Russian and two in Romanian. He has also written two books published only in Russian. After finishing his Ph.D. in 1999, Dr. Fairbairn taught church history, Greek, Latin and historical theology at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC. He also served as Associate Dean of Theology and directed the Th.M. program there before coming to Gordon-Conwell in 2010. Dr. Fairbairn and his wife Jennifer have two children, Trey (born in 2001) and Ella (born in 2003). His hobbies include golf, gardening, and playing with his dog.

    The Heart of Salvation: Christ and the Christian in the Macarian Writings | Prof. Marcus Plested

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 48:53

    This talk was given at Hillsdale College on October 15, 2021 as part of the Thomistic Institute conference "Christ the Savior: Perspectives from the Early Church Fathers." For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Marcus Plested (D.Phil., Oxford University, 1999) has been a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and has taught, lectured, and published widely in patristic, Byzantine, and modern Orthodox theology. He is the author of two books to date: The Macarian Legacy: The Place of Macarius-Symeon in the Eastern Christian Tradition (Oxford: OUP 2004) and Orthodox Readings of Aquinas (Oxford: OUP 2012).

    Introduction to Christ the Savior: Perspectives from the Early Church Fathers | Prof. Jordan Wales

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 64:44

    This talk was given at Hillsdale College on October 15, 2021 as part of the Thomistic Institute conference "Christ the Savior: Perspectives from the Early Church Fathers." For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Jordan Joseph Wales is an Associate Professor of Theology at Hillsdale College, where he teaches historical theology. His scholarly work focuses on early Christianity as well as contemporary questions relating to theology and Artificial Intelligence. He received his M.T.S. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame after studying under a British Marshall Scholarship in the UK, where he received a Diploma in Theology from Oxford and a M.Sc. in Cognitive Science and Natural Language from the University of Edinburgh. He graduated with highest honors from Swarthmore College with a B.S. in Engineering and a minor in Physiological Psychology; and he received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

    Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Christian Faith | Prof. Christopher Kaczor

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 57:37


    This talk was delivered on October 13, 2021 at the University of California, Los Angeles. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Dr. Christopher Kaczor (rhymes with razor) is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University and a member of the James Madison Society of Princeton University. In 2015, he was appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life of Vatican City, and he serves as a Consultor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He graduated from the Honors Program of Boston College and earned a Ph.D. four years later from the University of Notre Dame. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Kaczor is a former Federal Chancellor Fellow at the University of Cologne and William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. He is an award winning author of twelve books including The Gospel of Happiness, The Seven Big Myths about Marriage, A Defense of Dignity, The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church, The Ethics of Abortion, O Rare Ralph McInerny: Stories and Reflections on a Legendary Notre Dame Professor, Thomas Aquinas on the Cardinal Virtues; Life IssuesMedical Choices; Thomas Aquinas on Faith, Hope, and Love; The Edge of Life, and Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition. Dr. Kaczor's views have been in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, National Review, NPR, BBC, EWTN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, MSNBC, TEDx, and The Today Show.


    Is Belief in God Rational? Aquinas on Faith, Philosophy, and Skepticism | Prof. Francis Beckwith

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 58:58

    This talk was delivered on October 13, 2021 at the University of Texas El Paso. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, Affiliate Professor of Political Science, and Resident Scholar in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). With his appointment in Baylor's Department of Philosophy, he also teaches courses in medical humanities, political science, and religion. From July 2003 through January 2007, he served as the Associate Director of Baylor's J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. He is also member of the Board of Scholars of the James Wilson Institute in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy), he also holds the Master of Juridical Studies (M.J.S.) degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he won a CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Reproductive Control Seminar. His books include Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant (Baylor University Press, 2019); Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2015 ), winner of the American Academy of Religion's 2016 Book Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Constructive-Reflective Studies; (w/ R. P. George, S. McWilliams) A Second Look at First Things: A Case for Conservative Politics (St. Augustine Press, 2013); Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009); Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2007); (w/ W. L. Craig, J. P. Moreland) To Every One An Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (InterVarsity Press, 2004); Law, Darwinism, & Public Education: The Establishment Clause and the Challenge of Intelligent Design (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); (w/ C. Mosser & P. Owen) The New Mormon Challenge: Responding to the Latest Defenses of a Fast-Growing Movement (HarperCollins/Zondervan, 2002), finalist for the 2003 Gold Medallion Award in theology and doctrine; Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy, 2/e (Wadsworth, 2002); (w/ G. P. Koukl) Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (Baker, 1998); (w/ L. P. Pojman) The Abortion Controversy 25 Years After Roe v. Wade: A Reader, 2/e (Wadsworth, 1998); (w/ T. Jones) Affirmative Action: Social Justice or Reverse Discrimination? (Prometheus, 1997); and Politically Correct Death: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights (Baker, 1993), winner of the 1994 Cornerstone Magazine ethics book of the year award.

    Are Neuroscience and the Soul Compatible? | Prof. Paul LaPenna

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 56:30

    This talk was delivered on October 12, 2021 at North Carolina State University. The slides can be found at tinyurl.com/fwpcav4. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Dr. Paul LaPenna is a neurologist in Greenville, SC and Associate Professor of Neurology at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus. Dr. LaPenna completed his neurology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2018. As a neurohospitalist, Dr. LaPenna's skill set is focused on treatment of neurological emergencies and performing and interpreting electrophysiological studies of the brain and peripheral nervous system. As an Associate Professor of Neurology, Dr. LaPenna has won numerous teaching awards, including Clinical Medicine Professor of the neuroscience curriculum in 2019, 2020, and 2021. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Dr. LaPenna was awarded the Preceptor of the Year. For his care towards patients, he was elected to the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2016. Dr. LaPenna has an interest in the relationship between science and faith—in particular, the relationship between neuroscience and the soul, the overreaching claims of science, and the dignity of the human person, to name a few. Saint Thomas Aquinas has been a major influence in Dr. LaPenna's intellectual and faith journey. Dr. LaPenna was previously a collegiate runner and now enjoys running recreationally, hiking, and spending time outdoors. Most of all, he loves his wife Nicole and their two daughters, Catherine and Susanna.

    Who Am I to Judge? Politics and the Problem of Moral Relativism | Prof. Michael Gorman

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 59:06

    This talk was given at the University of Dallas on October 6th, 2021. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Michael Gorman is a graduate of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto (B.A., Christianity and Culture, 1987), The Catholic University of America (Ph.L., Philosophy, 1989), the State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D., Philosophy, 1993), and Boston College (Ph.D., Theology, 1997). After serving as assistant professor of Catholic Studies at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from 1997 to 1999, he joined the faculty of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where he has taught ever since. A fellow of The Catholic University's Institute for Human Ecology, he has also been an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (Leipzig 2004), a Fulbright fellow (Cologne 2008), and a scholar in the Templeton Foundation's Working Group "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life" (2015-2017). He works primarily on metaphysics, especially the metaphysics of essence, substance, and normativity, and on applications of metaphysics in areas such as theory of mind, Christology, action theory, and ethics. He is the author of Aquinas on the Metaphysics of the Hypostatic Union (Cambridge, 2017) and over thirty scholarly articles. He is particularly interested in how analytic philosophy and medieval philosophy can be brought together in a way that is historically accurate and philosophically fruitful.

    Suffering and Flourishing | Prof. Eleonore Stump

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 54:42

    This talk was delivered on October 11, 2021 at The University of Oklahoma. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the Speaker: Stump received a BA in classical languages from Grinnell College (1969), where she was valedictorian and received the Archibald Prize for scholarship; she has an MA in biblical studies (New Testament) from Harvard University (1971), and an MA and PhD in medieval studies (medieval philosophy) from Cornell University (1975). Before coming to Saint Louis University, she taught at Oberlin College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and University of Notre Dame. Currently, she also holds secondary or honorary appointments at Wuhan University, the University of St Andrews, and Australian Catholic University. She has published extensively in medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion, and contemporary metaphysics. Her books include her major study Aquinas (Routledge, 2003), her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010), and her recent treatment of the Christian doctrine of the atonement, Atonement (Oxford, 2018). Among the named lectureships she has given are the Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2003), the Wilde lectures (Oxford, 2006), the Stewart lectures (Princeton, 2009), and the Stanton Lectures (Cambridge, 2018). In 2013, the American Catholic Philosophical Association awarded her the Aquinas medal. She has held grants from the Danforth Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, the National Humanities Center, and the Pew Charitable Trust. In addition, she has received several teaching awards, including, in 2004, the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching from Baylor University. For 2013–15, together with John Greco, she held a $3.3 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation for a project on intellectual humility. In 2017 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tilburg University, the Netherlands. She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the American Philosophical Association, Central Division, and the Philosophers in Jesuit Education. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Image and Likeness: Personhood & Participation in the Life of the Trinity | Fr. Reginald Lynch, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 53:29

    This talk was given at the College of William & Mary on September 27th, 2021. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Born in New Hampshire, Father Reginald Lynch, O.P. entered the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in 2007, and was ordained a priest in 2013. After ordination, he served at St. Patrick Parish in Columbus, Ohio and taught at the Pontifical College Josephinum, before going on to complete a PhD in theology at the University of Notre Dame, with a major concentration in medieval theology and minor concentrations in patristics and philosophical theology. He has written on a variety of topics in sacramental, systematic and historical theology in journals like The Thomist and Nova et Vetera. His book, The Cleansing of the Heart: The Sacraments as Instrumental Causes in the Thomistic Tradition (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017) received the Charles Cardinal Journet Prize in 2018. Currently, he is working on a book on the reception of Aquinas' Eucharistic theology in the early modern period.

    Are Science and Faith Compatible? | Fr. Michael Dodds, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 42:03


    This talk was given online on September 21, 2021 to The Thomistic Institute at the University of California Berkeley. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Michael J. Dodds, O.P., is Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. After undergraduate studies at Seattle University, he entered the Order of Preachers in 1970 and was ordained in 1977. He then taught for three years at St. Mary's College, Moraga, California, before doing his doctoral studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1986. He has served as Academic Dean of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Convener of the Theology Area at the Graduate Theological Union, and Regent of Studies and Vicar Provincial of the Western Dominican Province. He is the author of The Unchanging God of Love: Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Theology on Divine Immutability (2008), and Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas (2012), both from The Catholic University of America Press.


    Virtue & Divine Grace: Quodlibetal Panel | Fall 2021 Thomistic Circles

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 69:51

    This panel took place at the Dominican House of Studies on September 11, 2021 as part of the Fall installment of the annual Thomistic Circles series. The participants of the panel were Prof. Jacob Wood (Franciscan University of Steubenville), Fr. Michael Sherwin, O.P. (University of Fribourg), Prof. Angela Knobel (University of Dallas), Prof. David Decosimo (Boston University). The theme of the conference was Virtue and Divine Grace. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org

    Seek the Peace of the City: Courage, Grace, & Acquired Virtue | Prof. David Decosimo

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 57:17

    This talk was given on September 11, 2021 at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC, as part of the Annual Fall Thomistic Circles Conference, on "Virtue and Divine Grace" The handout for this lecture can be found here:: https://tinyurl.com/bnpbvj23 About the speaker: Dr. David Decosimo holds a masters from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Princeton University. He is currently an associate professor of Theology at Boston University. He teaches and writes on just war theory, torture, Thomistic Ethics, and Christian and Islamic perspectives on political freedom.

    Infused Virtue and Growth in the Christian Moral Life | Prof. Angela Knobel

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 73:20

    This lecture was given at the Dominican House of Studies on September 11, 2021 as part of the fall installment of the annual Thomistic Circles series. The theme of the conference was "Virtue and Divine Grace." For information on upcoming Thomistic Institute events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Associate Professor of Philosophy Angela Knobel, Ph.D., received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. Her work focuses primarily on Aquinas' theory of infused virtue, virtue ethics and applied ethics. Her book Aquinas and the Infused Moral Virtues is forthcoming from the University of Notre Dame Press.

    The Infused Cardinal Virtues and the Necessities of Salvation | Fr. Michael Sherwin, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 64:49

    This lecture was given at the Dominican House of Studies on September 10, 2021 as part of the Fall installment of the annual Thomistic Circles series. The theme of the conference was Virtue and Divine Grace. The handout for this lecture can be found at https://tinyurl.com/hjtac2dj. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org About the speaker: Michael S. Sherwin, OP, is Emeritus Professor of Fundamental Moral Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and the Alemany Research Fellow at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at Berkeley for academic year 2021/2022. Author of articles on the psychology of love, virtue ethics and moral development, his monograph, By Knowledge and By Love: Charity and Knowledge in the Moral Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas (CUA Press, 2005) has been reissued in paperback, while his collection of essays, On Love and Virtue (Emmaus Academic, 2018) has been described by Alasdair MacIntyre as “theological reflection at its best.”

    From Pure Nature to Wounded Nature: Aquinas on the Starting Point for Virtue Theory | Dr Jacob Wood

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 39:11

    This lecture was given on September 10, 2021 at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. as part of the Annual Fall Thomistic Circles Conference on "Virtue and Divine Grace." The handout for this lecture can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/2afevszt About the speaker: Jacob W. Wood is Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and holds a doctorate from Catholic University of America. Wood's work focuses on theological anthropology in medieval, early modern, and contemporary theology, and he is particularly interested in how the retrieval of the sources of modern theology can help provide answers to questions about the relationships between the natural and the supernatural, sin and grace, and the human and the divine. He is the author most recently of To Stir a Restless Heart: Thomas Aquinas and Henri de Lubac on Nature, Grace, and the Desire for God (Washington DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2019), as well as Speaking the Love of God: An Introduction to the Sacraments (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road, 2016).

    The Middle Ages: Dark or Golden Age? | Prof. Brad Gregory

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 47:16

    This talk was given on September 30, 2021 at the University of Kansas. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Brad S. Gregory is Professor of History and Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught since 2003, and where he is also the Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. From 1996-2003 he taught at Stanford University, where he received early tenure in 2001. He specializes in the history of Christianity in Europe during the Reformation era and on the long-term influence of the Reformation era on the modern world. He has given invited lectures at many of the most prestigious universities in North America, as well as in England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Israel, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. Before teaching at Stanford, he earned his Ph.D. in history at Princeton University and was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows; he also has two degrees in philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. His first book, Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe (Harvard, 1999) received six book awards. Professor Gregory was the recipient of two teaching awards at Stanford and has received three more at Notre Dame. In 2005, he was named the inaugural winner of the first annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities, a $50,000 award from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture given to the outstanding midcareer humanities scholar in the United States. His most recent book is entitled The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Belknap, 2012), which received two book awards. His most recent book is entitled Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts that Continue to Shape Our World (Harper, 2017).

    Philosophy, Religion, and Rationality | Prof. Michael Gorman

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 53:38

    This talk was delivered on September 21, 2021 at Cornell University. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Michael Gorman is a graduate of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto (B.A., Christianity and Culture, 1987), The Catholic University of America (Ph.L., Philosophy, 1989), the State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D., Philosophy, 1993), and Boston College (Ph.D., Theology, 1997). After serving as assistant professor of Catholic Studies at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from 1997 to 1999, he joined the faculty of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where he has taught ever since. A fellow of The Catholic University's Institute for Human Ecology, he has also been an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (Leipzig 2004), a Fulbright fellow (Cologne 2008), and a scholar in the Templeton Foundation's Working Group "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life" (2015-2017). He works primarily on metaphysics, especially the metaphysics of essence, substance, and normativity, and on applications of metaphysics in areas such as theory of mind, Christology, action theory, and ethics. He is the author of Aquinas on the Metaphysics of the Hypostatic Union (Cambridge, 2017) and over thirty scholarly articles. He is particularly interested in how analytic philosophy and medieval philosophy can be brought together in a way that is historically accurate and philosophically fruitful.

    Moral Relativism and the Natural Law | Prof. Francis Beckwith

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 57:24

    This lecture was delivered at Mississippi State University on September 16, 2021. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, Affiliate Professor of Political Science, and Resident Scholar in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). With his appointment in Baylor's Department of Philosophy, he also teaches courses in medical humanities, political science, and religion. From July 2003 through January 2007, he served as the Associate Director of Baylor's J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. He is also member of the Board of Scholars of the James Wilson Institute in Washington, D.C.

    What Can An Adulteress Teach Us About Happiness? | Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 88:40

    This talk was given on September 20, 2021 at Vanderbilt University. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., is a member of the Saint Cecilia Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Nashville, TN. Currently, she teaches Theology at Aquinas College in Nashville and assists with the theological formation of the newest members of the religious congregation. She studied theology at the Angelicum (The Pontifical University of St. Thomas) in Rome, Italy.

    The Problem of Evil: Can Evil Disprove God? | Prof. W. Matthews Grant

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 58:34

    This talk was given at the University of Wisconsin on September 29, 2021. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the Speaker: W. Matthews Grant is Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy at University of St. Thomas (MN), and Associate Editor of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. His articles have focused on Aquinas and the Philosophy of God, particularly issues having to do with the divine nature and God's relationship to human freedom. His new book Free Will and God's Universal Causality: The Dual Sources Account, draws resources from Aquinas and the scholastic tradition to explain how libertarian creaturely freedom can be reconciled with robust accounts of God's providence, grace, and predestination.

    Politics and the Modern State: Understanding the Common Good | Prof. V. Bradley Lewis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 55:29

    This talk was delivered on September 21, 2021 at Saint Louis University. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: V. Bradley Lewis is associate professor in the School of Philosophy in the Catholic University of America. He specializes in political and legal philosophy, especially that of the classical Greeks and in the Thomistic tradition, and is currently working on a book on the idea of the common good. In addition to these things he has served as a consultant on ethics to the federal government, testified before a congressional subcommittee about immigration, and currently serves as associate editor of the American Journal of Jurisprudence.

    An Introduction to Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae | Prof. Michael Dauphinais

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 59:21


    This lecture was delivered at Auburn University on September 17, 2021. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Michael Dauphinais, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Theology Department at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. Professor Dauphinais holds a B.S.E. from Duke University, an M.T.S. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He has co-authored Knowing the Love of Christ: An Introduction to the Theology of Thomas Aquinas and Holy People, Holy Land: A Theological Introduction to the Bible. He has co-edited multiple volumes as well as numerous articles and chapters in books dedicated to theology and exegesis in Aquinas and other topics relating to Catholic theology. Professor Dauphinais previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. His favorite courses are C.S. Lewis, Triune God, and the Colloquium on Ancients and Moderns. He also enjoys riding horses and running.


    The Search for Wisdom and the Light of Christ | Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 44:56

    This talk was given on June 26th, 2021 at the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, on Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas. The handout can be found at https://tinyurl.com/m4dfm37a For information on upcoming Thomistic Institute events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., is the Director of the Thomistic Institute and Assistant Professor in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.L. from the School of Philosophy of the Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He entered the Order of Preachers in 2001, after having practiced constitutional law for several years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also taught at The Catholic University of America Law School and at Providence College. He is the author of The Trinitarian Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Oxford University Press, 2016).

    First Truth, Truth, And Truths: Analytic Philosophy And Thomas Aquinas | Prof. John O'Callaghan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 48:20


    This talk was given at the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, on Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Prof. John O'Callaghan is the Director of the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame as well as a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. He served as the past President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. His areas of scholarly interest include Medieval Philosophy, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, and Thomistic Metaphysics and Ethics. Prof. O'Callaghan earned his BS in Physics from St. Norbert College in 1984, an MS in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1996.


    On the Union of the Knower with the Known | Prof. Robert Koons

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 67:33

    This talk was given on June 26th, 2021 at the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop: Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas. The handout can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yv5by7f5 For information on upcoming Thomistic Institute events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Robert C. (“Rob”) Koons is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught for 33 years. M. A. Oxford, Ph.D. UCLA. He is the author or co-author of four books, including: Realism Regained (Oxford University Press, 2000), and The Atlas of Reality: A Comprehensive Guide to Metaphysics, with Timothy H. Pickavance (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017). He is the co-editor (with George Bealer) of The Waning of Materialism (Oxford University Press, 2010), and co-editor (with Nicholas Teh and William Simpson) of Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science (Routledge, 2018). He has been working recently on an Aristotelian interpretation of quantum theory, on defending and articulating Thomism in contemporary terms, and on arguments for classical theism.

    The Divine Ideas and the Truth in Things | Dr. Gregory Doolan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 58:50

    This talk was given on June 25, 2021 as part of the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, "Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas." The handout for this lecture is available here: https://tinyurl.com/whh79a7x For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the Speaker: Gregory T. Doolan received his B.A. in political theory from Georgetown University in 1993 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2003. He taught philosophy at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. from 2004–05 and joined the faculty of the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in 2005. Dr. Doolan's research interest is in the area of Aquinas's metaphysics; in recent years, his focus has been on Aquinas's account of the Aristotelian categories of being. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Doolan currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.

    Truth As Transcendental: Ontological Foundations | Dr. Edward Feser

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 60:57


    This talk was given on June 25, 2021 as part of the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, "Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas." The handout for the talk can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/phksp393 For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the Speaker: Edward Feser is Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an M.A. in religion from the Claremont Graduate School, and a B.A. in philosophy and religious studies from the California State University at Fullerton. Called by National Review “one of the best contemporary writers on philosophy,” Feser is the author of On Nozick, Philosophy of Mind, Locke, The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, Aquinas, Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, Neo-Scholastic Essays, Five Proofs of the Existence of God, and Aristotle's Revenge, the co-author of By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment, and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hayek and Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics. He is also the author of many academic articles. His primary academic research interests are in metaphysics, natural theology, the philosophy of mind, and moral and political philosophy. Feser also writes on politics and culture, from a conservative point of view; and on religion, from a traditional Roman Catholic perspective. In this connection, his work has appeared in such publications as The American, The American Conservative, The American Mind, Catholic Herald, Catholic World Report, City Journal, The Claremont Review of Books, Crisis, First Things, Liberty, National Review, New Oxford Review, Public Discourse, Reason, TCS Daily, and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and six children.


    Thomistic Science and the Knowledge Of Principles | Prof. Michael Gorman

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 53:56

    This talk was delivered on June 24, 2021. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Michael Gorman is a graduate of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto (B.A., Christianity and Culture, 1987), The Catholic University of America (Ph.L., Philosophy, 1989), the State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D., Philosophy, 1993), and Boston College (Ph.D., Theology, 1997). After serving as assistant professor of Catholic Studies at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from 1997 to 1999, he joined the faculty of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where he has taught ever since. A fellow of The Catholic University's Institute for Human Ecology, he has also been an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (Leipzig 2004), a Fulbright fellow (Cologne 2008), and a scholar in the Templeton Foundation's Working Group "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life" (2015-2017). He works primarily on metaphysics, especially the metaphysics of essence, substance, and normativity, and on applications of metaphysics in areas such as theory of mind, Christology, action theory, and ethics. He is the author of Aquinas on the Metaphysics of the Hypostatic Union (Cambridge, 2017) and over thirty scholarly articles. He is particularly interested in how analytic philosophy and medieval philosophy can be brought together in a way that is historically accurate and philosophically fruitful.

    How Do We Know Essences? Sense Knowledge and Abstraction | Fr. James Brent, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 47:33


    This talk was given on June 26th, 2021 at the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop: Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas. For information on upcoming Thomistic Institute events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. James Dominic Brent, O.P. was born and raised in Michigan. He pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in Philosophy, and completed his doctorate in Philosophy at Saint Louis University on the epistemic status of Christian beliefs according to Saint Thomas Aquinas. He has articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Natural Theology, in the Oxford Handbook of Thomas Aquinas on “God's Knowledge and Will”, and on “Thomas Aquinas” in the Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology. He earned his STL from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. He taught in the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America from 2010-2014, and spent the year of 2014-2015 doing full-time itinerant preaching on college campuses across the United States. Since then, he has been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Dominican House of Studies.


    What Is Intellect? | Sr. Anna Wray, O.P

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 39:15

    This talk was given on June 25th, 2021 at the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, on Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, Sister Anna Wray received her bachelor's degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2002 and subsequently entered the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. After completing her initial religious formation at her community's motherhouse in Nashville, Sister Anna taught for five years at the high school level in Knoxville and Chattanooga. She also spent a year in Australia, preparing for World Youth Day. She then returned to Catholic University, and in 2019 completed a doctorate in philosophy. Her dissertation was on “Aristotle's Noetic Thinking in De anima III.6.” Sister previously taught as a First Year Experience fellow at the university and as an adjunct professor at Aquinas College.

    Modes of Knowledge: Apprehension, Judgment, Reasoning | Fr. James Brent, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 59:50


    This talk was given on June 24th, 2021 at the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, on Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the Speaker: Fr. James Dominic Brent, O.P. was born and raised in Michigan. He pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in Philosophy, and completed his doctorate in Philosophy at Saint Louis University on the epistemic status of Christian beliefs according to Saint Thomas Aquinas. He has articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Natural Theology, in the Oxford Handbook of Thomas Aquinas on “God's Knowledge and Will”, and an article forthcoming on “Thomas Aquinas” in the Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology. He earned his STL from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, and was ordained a priest in the same year. He taught in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America from 2010- 2014, and spent the year of 2014-2015 doing full time itinerant preaching on college campuses across the United States.


    Preaching as Praising the Trinity | Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 44:07

    This lecture was delivered on June 25, 2021 as part of "The Trinity & Priestly Life: Praying, Preaching, & Ministering in Light of the Mystery of God," a Thomistic Institute intellectual retreat for priests. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., grew up as the youngest of ten children on a farm in Kansas, and studied history, philosophy, and classics at Benedictine College. He then went to St Andrews, Scotland for a Master of Letters in medieval history. He entered the Order of Preachers as a son of the Province of St. Joseph, and was ordained a priest in 2002. After finishing his S.T.L. and serving as an associate pastor for a brief time, he was sent to Kenya as a missionary for two years. He taught at the Tangaza College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and other institutions in Nairobi. He returned to the U.S. and completed a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame, with the primary area of history of Christianity, specializing in patristic theology with additional studies in medieval theology, and the secondary area of systematic theology. His research appears in such journals as Vigiliae Christianae, Augustinianum, International Journal of Systematic Theology, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, Pro Ecclesia, The Thomist, Communio, and Angelicum and in books published by Catholic University of America Press and Ignatius Press. He is the author of Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford Early Christian Studies), Oxford University Press, 2013, and the editor of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy, Hillenbrand Books, 2015.

    The Priest as a Giver of the Spirit | Fr. Philip Neri Reese, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 32:15

    This lecture was delivered on June 24, 2021 as part of "The Trinity & Priestly Life: Praying, Preaching, & Ministering in Light of the Mystery of God," a Thomistic Institute intellectual retreat for priests. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Philip-Neri Reese, OP, is a Dominican friar of St. Joseph Province (Eastern USA) and a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His areas of specialization are Thomism and the Thomistic tradition, metaphysics and its history, and metametaphysics. He is also interested in questions of philosophical methodology and periodization in the history of philosophy.

    The Trinity and Priestly Ministries: St. Augustine's and Ours | Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 45:46

    This lecture was delivered on June 24, 2021 as part of "The Trinity & Priestly Life: Praying, Preaching, & Ministering in Light of the Mystery of God," a Thomistic Institute intellectual retreat for priests. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., grew up as the youngest of ten children on a farm in Kansas, and studied history, philosophy, and classics at Benedictine College. He then went to St Andrews, Scotland for a Master of Letters in medieval history. He entered the Order of Preachers as a son of the Province of St. Joseph, and was ordained a priest in 2002. After finishing his S.T.L. and serving as an associate pastor for a brief time, he was sent to Kenya as a missionary for two years. He taught at the Tangaza College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and other institutions in Nairobi. He returned to the U.S. and completed a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame, with the primary area of history of Christianity, specializing in patristic theology with additional studies in medieval theology, and the secondary area of systematic theology. His research appears in such journals as Vigiliae Christianae, Augustinianum, International Journal of Systematic Theology, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, Pro Ecclesia, The Thomist, Communio, and Angelicum and in books published by Catholic University of America Press and Ignatius Press. He is the author of Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford Early Christian Studies), Oxford University Press, 2013, and the editor of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy, Hillenbrand Books, 2015.

    The Priest as a Mediator of Union with God | Fr. Philip Neri Reese, O.P

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 47:34

    This lecture was delivered on June 23, 2021 as part of "The Trinity & Priestly Life: Praying, Preaching, & Ministering in Light of the Mystery of God," a Thomistic Institute intellectual retreat for priests. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Philip-Neri Reese, OP, is a Dominican friar of St. Joseph Province (Eastern USA) and a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His areas of specialization are Thomism and the Thomistic tradition, metaphysics and its history, and metametaphysics. He is also interested in questions of philosophical methodology and periodization in the history of philosophy.

    Trinitarian Prayer of the Mass Collect: To Whom, What, and Why are We Praying? | Fr Andrew Hofer OP

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 39:06

    This lecture was delivered on June 23, 2021 as part of "The Trinity & Priestly Life: Praying, Preaching, & Ministering in Light of the Mystery of God," a Thomistic Institute intellectual retreat for priests. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., grew up as the youngest of ten children on a farm in Kansas, and studied history, philosophy, and classics at Benedictine College. He then went to St Andrews, Scotland for a Master of Letters in medieval history. He entered the Order of Preachers as a son of the Province of St. Joseph, and was ordained a priest in 2002. After finishing his S.T.L. and serving as an associate pastor for a brief time, he was sent to Kenya as a missionary for two years. He taught at the Tangaza College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and other institutions in Nairobi. He returned to the U.S. and completed a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame, with the primary area of history of Christianity, specializing in patristic theology with additional studies in medieval theology, and the secondary area of systematic theology. His research appears in such journals as Vigiliae Christianae, Augustinianum, International Journal of Systematic Theology, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, Pro Ecclesia, The Thomist, Communio, and Angelicum and in books published by Catholic University of America Press and Ignatius Press. He is the author of Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford Early Christian Studies), Oxford University Press, 2013, and the editor of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy, Hillenbrand Books, 2015.

    Why Should We Believe God Exists? | Prof. Gregory Doolan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 72:02

    This lecture was delivered at the University of Arizona on September 14, 2021. The handout can be found at https://tinyurl.com/4tj4vebb. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Gregory T. Doolan received his B.A. in political theory from Georgetown University in 1993 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2003. He taught philosophy at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. from 2004–05 and joined the faculty of the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in 2005. Dr. Doolan's research interest is in the area of Aquinas's metaphysics; in recent years, his focus has been on Aquinas's account of the Aristotelian categories of being. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Doolan currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.

    From Zero to Sixty (-one): My Life as a Scientist and a Catholic Convert | Prof. Jonathan Lunine

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 45:41

    This lecture was delivered on June 18, 2021 as part of the third annual Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium: Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Jonathan I. Lunine is The David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences at Cornell University and Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, His research focuses on astrophysics, planetary science and astrobiology. In addition to his responsibilities in the classroom, he serves as Interdisciplinary Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope project and is a coinvestigator on the Juno mission currently in orbit around Jupiter. Lunine is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the 2014 recipient of the Jean Dominique Cassini Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He is the author of Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach and Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World. Lunine obtained a B.S. in physics and astronomy from the University of Rochester (1980), an M.S. (1983) and a Ph.D. (1985) in planetary science from the California Institute of Technology. He lives in Ithaca New York, where he is a member of St. Catherine of Siena parish. In 2016 Lunine helped to found the Society of Catholic Scientists and currently serves as its vice president.

    God is Not a Supercomputer: Chance, Providence, and Freedom | Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 35:08

    This lecture was delivered on June 20, 2021 as part of the third annual Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium: Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Thomas Davenport O.P. is Assistant Professor of Physics at Providence College. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University. His areas of expertise are theoretical particle physics (particle colliders), philosophy of science/philosophy of nature, and the relationship between faith and science.

    Aristotle's Four Causes and the Possibility of Science | Prof. Joshua Hochschild

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 45:53

    This lecture was delivered at Rutgers University on September 9, 2021. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Joshua Hochschild is the Monsignor Robert R. Kline Professor of Philosophy at Mount St. Mary's University, where he also served six years as the inaugural Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. His primary research is in medieval logic, metaphysics, and ethics, with broad interest in liberal education and the continuing relevance of the Catholic intellectual tradition. He is the author of The Semantics of Analogy: Rereading Cajetan's De Nominum Analogia (2010), translator of Claude Panaccio's Mental Language: From Plato to William of Ockham (2017), and co-author of A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction (2017). His writing has appeared in First Things, Commonweal, Modern Age and the Wall Street Journal. For 2020-21 he's been elected to serve as President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

    Is Belief In God Rational | Prof. Michael Gorman

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 37:31

    This lecture was delivered at Ashland University on September 20, 2021. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Michael Gorman is a graduate of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto (B.A., Christianity and Culture, 1987), The Catholic University of America (Ph.L., Philosophy, 1989), the State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D., Philosophy, 1993), and Boston College (Ph.D., Theology, 1997). After serving as assistant professor of Catholic Studies at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from 1997 to 1999, he joined the faculty of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where he has taught ever since. A fellow of The Catholic University's Institute for Human Ecology, he has also been an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (Leipzig 2004), a Fulbright fellow (Cologne 2008), and a scholar in the Templeton Foundation's Working Group "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life" (2015-2017). He works primarily on metaphysics, especially the metaphysics of essence, substance, and normativity, and on applications of metaphysics in areas such as theory of mind, Christology, action theory, and ethics. He is the author of Aquinas on the Metaphysics of the Hypostatic Union (Cambridge, 2017) and over thirty scholarly articles. He is particularly interested in how analytic philosophy and medieval philosophy can be brought together in a way that is historically accurate and philosophically fruitful.

    Chance and Indeterminism in Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry | Prof. Tony Barbosa

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 41:28

    This talk was delivered in June 2021 at the Third Annual Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium, "Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World." For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. Prof. Tony Barbosa is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Ave Maria University. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Providence College, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Rochester. He has done extensive research into the chemistry and biochemistry surrounding new pharmaceuticals and treatments for various diseases.

    The (De)Evolution of Determinism in Physics | Dr. Valerie Plaus

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 61:38

    This lecture was delivered on June 18, 2021 as part of the third annual Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium: Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World. Slides for this lecture can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/4643mb4v For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Dr. Valerie Plaus is Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she teaches calculus-based physics classes designed for pre-engineering and chemistry majors. She taught physics and mathematics at universities in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin before coming to Franciscan in Fall 2018. She completed her masters and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. Her primary research interests are in supersymmetry and Higgs physics. Aside from physics, she is also passionate about swing and blues-idiom dancing and hiking.

    Chance And Scientific Methods In Early Modern Science | Prof. Steve Snyder

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 36:08

    This talk was delivered in June 2021 at the third annual Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium, on "Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World." For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. Prof. Steve Snyder is an associate professor of philosophy at Christendom College. He earned his bachelors in philosophy at Cornell University before going to Toronto, where he earned his doctorate from the Center for Medieval Studies. He has written on Aquinas, Albert the Great, and the history of the philosophy of science.

    Chance and Indeterminate Causes in the Cosmos | Prof. John Brungardt

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 42:30

    This talk was delivered in June 2021 at the Third Annual Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium, "Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World." Access the handout here: https://tinyurl.com/jht8abja For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Dr. John Brunghardt is an assistant professor of Philosophy at the School of Catholic Studies at Newman University. He studied at Thomas Aquinas College before pursuing his doctoral degree in Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. Then from 2017 to 2019 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile.

    Aquinas and the Basic Principles of the Material World | Prof. Michael Gorman

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 38:18

    This talk was delivered in June 2021 at the Third Annual Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium, "Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World." For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Prof. Michael Gorman is Ordinary Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He received a doctorate in philosophy from SUNY Buffalo and a doctorate in theology from Boston College. He is also a scholar in the Templeton Virtue Project and a fellow of CUA's Institute for Human Ecology. He recently published a book, Aquinas on the Metaphysics of the Hypostatic Union, published by Cambridge University Press.

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