January 23, 2012
Following on the success of last year’s inaugural philosophy
workshop which attracted scholars from around the world, The
Catholic and Dominican Institute of Mount Saint Mary College, will
host: “Thomas Aquinas and the Mind/Body Problem,” on June 21-24,
330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY.
The Thomistic Institute, Dominican House of Studies, Washington,
DC, will co-sponsor the event. Online registration is open and some
graduate scholarships will be available.
Thomas Aquinas, an Italian priest in the Dominican Order of
Preachers, was an influential 13th century philosopher and
theologian whose work is still relevant today.
“Thomas Aquinas and ¬the Mind/Body Problem” will explore
Aquinas' philosophy of the human person and how it relates to
dilemmas in contemporary philosophy of mind. Among other topics,
the conference will cover how Aquinas’ study of human intellect,
free will, emotions and physiological processes provide an
illuminating account of human life.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York will
celebrate the opening liturgy. The first day of the scholarly
conference is primarily for graduate students in philosophy or
adjacent disciplines. The remainder of the event will combine
presentations by philosophers with times of discussion and
Confirmed presenters include Fr. James Brent, OP, Catholic
University of America; Candace Vogler, PhD, University of Chicago;
Thomas Hibbs, PhD, Baylor; Michael Gorman, PhD, Catholic
University; and John O'Callaghan, PhD; and Alfred Freddoso, PhD of
the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Charles Morerod, OP, last year’s
keynote speaker, was recently named Bishop of Lausanne, Fribourg
and Geneva, Switzerland, but he hopes to return to the Mount for
this second conference.
Mount Saint Mary College’s Catholic and Dominican Institute is
rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition. It promotes the
college’s Dominican heritage; advances the Dominican charism of
learning and service; provides a forum for discussion of
contemporary ethical issues; and enhances Catholic and Jewish
For information and reservations for the “Thomas Aquinas and the
Mind/Body Problem,” workshop, call 845-569-3467 or visit www.msmc.edu/CDI