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Is Intelligence Impractical? Reflections of a “Rigid” Thomist- FR. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J- Spring 2017
Is Intelligence Impractical? Reflections of a “Rigid” Thomist Father James V. Schall, S.J. is a man of many facets. He is the author of over two dozen books and countless essays. He is professor emeritus of political philosophy at Georgetown University, and a prolific columnist and blogger. His colleague and student, Dr.Michael Jackson, describes him as “always the teacher. But a teacher of much more than book learning. A rare man such as the ancients revered, a teacher of virtue.” As a beloved teacher, over the course of his career he has greatly influenced and given heart to faithful Catholics. His lecture will speak of the particular nature of the Catholic intellectual, and answer his own question: “Is intelligence impractical?” In his own words: Catholicism is an intellectual religion. It understands that its revelation is directed to reason and must be met in its light. It must, to be itself, include not only the knowledge it has received from revelation, but that knowledge that comes from experience, philosophical reflection, and other forms of learning.
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1/24/2017 10:42:00 PM
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2005 Aquinas Lecture: The Restless Heart Blunder
Professor Germain Grisez of Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD, a well-known Catholic ethicist, delivers the 2005 Aquinas Lecture "The Restless-Heart Blunder". Lecture sponsored by UST's Center for Thomistic Studies. Speaker(s): Professor Germain Grisez Date: January 27th, 2005 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 93 mins
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10/31/2015 1:36:11 AM
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Aquinas' Doctrine on Providence Its Current Relevance
In his lecture on Aquinas’ Doctrine on Providence and its Current Relevance Professor Brague explains that “God gives to every creature, according to its own nature, what it needs in order to attain the good. He does not take the place of the creature in making its good. And the higher on the scale from the mineral to the vegetal, the animal, and the human, the more God delegates; the more he grants the creature care of itself. When his providence is granted to man, it becomes, in a conscious play on words, prudence; not the simple fact of watching out for what lies ahead, but all of the practical wisdom that Aristotle called phronesis. This is where the wisdom of God and the wisdom of man come together.” Speakers: Prof. Remi Brague, Prof of Philosophy Date: November 2014 Length: 90 mins
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4/8/2016 7:21:57 PM
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Aquinas Lecture: “Paths of Being: Compass of Discourse”
Dr. Kenneth Schmitz, professor of philosophy at John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C., is the 2004 Aquinas Distinguished Lecturer. He speaks on “Paths of Being: Compass of Discourse”. “We find ourselves within a textured world,” said Schmitz. “At its deepest and widest, it surrounds us and immerses us in a context interwoven by the threads of being. The threads are transcendental characteristics of being: meaning, values and relatedness, known by their ancient names as truth, goodness and otherness. Speaker(s): Dr. Kenneth Schmitz Date: February 5th, 2004 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 71 mins
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10/31/2015 2:47:34 AM
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Dr. Edward Feser, "Classical Theism and the Nature of God."
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2/27/2019 8:02:03 PM
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Practical Reasoning After the "Fall"
Professor Rist is an internationally recognized scholar in Classics and Philosophy and known for his refreshing, staight-forward style. He is the Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto and visiting professor at the Istituto Patristico Augustinianum in Rome. Speaker(s): Dr. John M. Rist Date: January 30th, 2007 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 64 mins
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10/31/2015 3:18:51 AM
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Romans 1:20 and Our Knowledge of God
Can we know God’s existence and attributes by reflection upon the good things that we see around us? If we can know God in this way, why do we also need to know him through his self-revelation in Jesus Christ? Put another way, is the God of the Greek philosophers the same God whom we encounter in Jesus, and if the God that we know in these two ways is indeed the same, can we make do with one way alone? It may seem that believers in the incarnate Son of God have little stake in also holding that we can know God through natural reason, especially now that relatively few philosophers think that philosophical labors can attain to knowledge of the living God. Dr. Levering argues that Christians should hold that God’s existence, along with certain other attributes, can be demonstrated by natural reason on the basis of material things. Speaker(s): Dr. Matthew Levering Date: January 26, 2012 Location: Jones Hall Length: 77 mins
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6/13/2016 9:53:36 PM
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The Apologetics of Thomas Aquinas
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10/31/2015 12:40:51 AM
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The Apologetics of Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas was not directly engaged in disputes with non-Christians, but in his Summa contra Gentiles he gives principles to be used for such disputes. The lecture will summarize the main elements of his method of establishing the credibility of the Christian religion. Then some attention will be given to the viability of the method today, including current objections to the Thomistic proofs for the existence of God and to the biblical miracles. Speaker(s): Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Date: February 21, 2006 Location: Jones Hall
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The Capacious Mind of Thomas Aquinas
The University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies hosted Rev. Kevin Flannery, S.J., Pontifical Gregorian University, as he gave this year’s Aquinas Lecture titled “The Capacious Mind of Thomas Aquinas." Following the thought of Thomas Aquinas, the Church occasionally calls upon Christians to make difficult choices. Is there a good reason to follow Thomas in such regards? Fr. Flannery argues that, yes, there is. Fr. Flannery entered the Society of Jesus in 1977, was ordained a priest in 1987 and took his final vows in 1999. Having a B.A. in English Literature from Ohio State University, an M.A. in Anglo-Irish Studies from University College Dublin, an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, an M.Div. and an S.T.L. in Patristics from Weston School of Theology, as well as a D.Phil. in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, he should be a good judge of capacious minds. Fr. Flannery has published three books and has two more forthcoming: Christian and Moral Actionfrom the Institute for the Psychological Sciences Press and Action and Character according to Aristotle: The Logic of the Moral Life from the Catholic University of America Press. He has published widely in various refereed journals. Speakers: Rev. Kevin Flannery, S.J. Date: January 24, 2013 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 74 mins
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5/26/2016 8:42:11 PM
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The Church's "Common Doctor": Thomas Aquinas and the Contemporary Catholic University
Archbishop Miller discusses the encouragement that is found in recent papal documents, including those of Benedict XVI, for the study of St. Thomas Aquinas in seminaries and universities and the importance of such study at this critical juncture in the history of Catholic universities in North America and worldwide. Former University of St. Thomas president Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, was named the archbishop of Vancouver in January 2008. Speaker(s): Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB; Dr. Mary Catherine Summers; Dr. Robert Ivany Date: January 28, 2010 Location: Jones Hall Length: 74 mins
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4/8/2016 1:55:17 AM
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The Mind and the Soul: Aquinas, Anscombe and Geach
Speakers: Dr. John Haldane Date: Sept. 2015 Length: 96 mins
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4/9/2016 5:18:36 PM
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Thomas Aquinas and The Controversy Concerning Unity of Substantial Form in Human Beings
Thomas Aquinas maintained, against much contemporary opinion, that each human posseses a single and unique substantial form. Speaker(s): Msgr. John F. Wippel Date: January 31, 2008 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 53 mins
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10/31/2015 12:02:37 AM
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Thomas Aquinas, Wisdom, and Human Dignity: Philosophy and Beyond
Rev. Lawrence Dewan, OP, speaks on "Thomas Aquinas, Wisdom, and Human Dignity: Philosophy and Beyond." Each year, the Center for Thomistic Studies' Aquinas Lecture brings a distinguished member of the philosophical community to the University of St. Thomas for a talk which displays the great resources of the Thomistic philosophical tradition, either by addressing a subject directly related to the writings of St. Thomas or some other figure in the tradition, or by addressing more systematically a question of enduring philosophical importance. Among the Aquinas Lecturers the Center has had the privilege of hosting are such renowned thinkers as Henry Veatch, Joseph Owens, Elizabeth Anscombe, Peter Geach, Janet Smith, Alasdair MacIntyre, Germain Grisez, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Msgr. John F. Wippel, Fr. Leo J. Elders, SVD, and Archbishop J. Michael Miller. To this list the Center is very pleased to add our 2013-2014 lecturer,Rev. Lawrence Dewan, OP,Professor of Philosophy, Dominican University College, Ottawa, Ontario. Speakers: Rev. Lawrence Dewan, OP Date: October 17, 2013 Location: Holy Rosary Church Length: 82 mins
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5/4/2016 9:01:17 PM
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Thomistic Personalism: A Marriage Made in Heaven, Hell, or Harvard
Dr. Peter Kreeft, who is described as a witty and insightful communicator, is a convert to Catholicism, received his Artium Baccalaureatus from Calvin College in 1959, his Master of Arts degree in 1961 and his doctorate in 1965 from Fordham University. He is currently professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King's College in New York City. Dr. Kreeft is the author of more than 59 books including A Shorter Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of Saint Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, Christianity for Modern Pagans, and I Surf, Therefore I Am: A Philosophy of Surfing. Dr. Kreeft’s latest works include a novel titled An Ocean Full of Angels and a commentary on the relationship between Christianity and Islam entitled Between Allah and Jesus. The Aquinas lecture is held each year, usually in the spring semester. A distinguished scholar is asked to give a lecture on some aspect of the Thomistic tradition. Previous speakers include Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, Msgr. John Wippel and Cardinal Avery Dulles. Speaker(s): Dr. Peter Kreeft Date: January 27, 2011 Location: Jones Hall Length: 77 mins
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4/9/2016 3:42:33 PM
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