Catholic and Dominican Institute

Past Workshops

Each year, the Catholic and Dominican Institute hosts an annual Philosophy Workshop at the College.

The Second Annual Philosophy Workshop

The Second Annual Philosophy Workshop: Thomas Aquinas and the Mind/Body Problem was held at Mount Saint Mary College from June 21–24, 2012.

This event was co-sponsored by the Catholic and Dominican Institute at the Mount and the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.

Contemporary philosophies of mind commonly approach the problem of the relation of the mind to the body by recourse to a variety of modern theories (e.g., physicalism vs. dualism, eliminativism vs. reductive materialism). The thinking of Aquinas, however, presents an elegant and profound alternative to much that is currently on offer. How does Aquinas understand the human person both as body and as soul? What is his hylomorphic conception of the human being? How does his study of the diverse faculties of the human person (intellectual powers, free will, passions, physiological living processes) permit an illuminating account of human life? This conference explored Aquinas' understanding of the person by a diversity of philosophical approaches, asking the question of the perennial relevance of his contribution.

The first day of the conference was devoted especially to graduate students, either in philosophy or adjacent disciplines. The second and third days of the event combined presentations by philosophers with times of discussion and debate.


  • Msgr. Charles Morerod, OP, Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Candace Vogler, PhD, University of Chicago
  • William Carroll, PhD, Oxford University
  • Michael Gorman, PhD, The Catholic University of America
  • James Brent, OP, The Catholic University of America
  • John O’Callaghan, PhD, University of Notre Dame
  • Alfred Freddoso, PhD, University of Notre Dame

Download the brochure from this workshop.

The Inaugural Philosophy Workshop

From June 23-26, 2011 the Catholic and Dominican Institute, in conjunction with the Thomistic Institute of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, held the Inaugural Philosophy Workshop: Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Philosophy.

The workshop brought together scholars and students interested in philosophy, especially the work of Thomas Aquinas. The four-day event was an international conference with scholars from Italy, Switzerland, England, Spain, Germany, and Canada. Many prestigious universities were represented such as the Angelicum, Notre Dame, Fordham, Yale, Princeton, Duke, and The Catholic University of America. Participants came from across our country from the states of Washington, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Washington, D.C.

Presenters were Fr. James Brent, OP (The Catholic University of America); Fr. Lawrence Dewan, OP (Dominican Institute of Ottawa); Dr. Alfred Freddoso (University of Notre Dame); Dr. Gyula Klima (Fordham University); Dr. Joshua Hochschild (Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg); Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ (Fordham University); Fr. Charles Morerod, OP (Angelicum, Rome); Dr. John O’Callaghan (University of Notre Dame); and Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP (Thomistic Institute, Washington, D.C.)

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