Mount to host annual philosophy workshop

January 20, 2017

Fr. James Brent, OP, of the Catholic University of America, discusses “Foundations of Philosophical Knowledge of God in Aquinas” at a previous workshop.

Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. will host the seventh annual Thomas Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, “Aquinas on Metaphysics,” from June 29 to July 2, 2017.

Space is limited. The registration deadline is May 15, 2017.

Sponsored by the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute, The Thomistic Institute of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., and The Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture in Indiana, the workshop will explore Aquinas’s thoughts on the metaphysical. In the writings of Aquinas, metaphysics holds an honored place among the speculative philosophical disciplines. This workshop takes up the core principles of Aquinas’s metaphysics to consider their perennial importance and contemporary philosophical applicability.

The first day of the conference will be devoted to graduate students, in philosophy or adjacent disciplines. The second and third days will combine presentations by philosophers with periods for discussion and debate.

Required texts for this conference are:

  • Aquinas, “De Ente et Essentia”
  • Aquinas, “Commentary on the Metaphysics, Book IV”
  • Lawrence Dewan, “Form and Being” (The Catholic University of America Press, 2014)

Speakers include Fr. James Brent, OP of the Catholic University of America; Jeffrey E. Brower of Purdue University; Edward Feser of Pasadena College; Fred Freddoso of the University of Notre Dame; Michael Gorman of The Catholic University of America; Steve Long of Ava Maria University in Florida; John O’Callaghan of the University of Notre Dame; and Candace Vogler of the University of Chicago.

The Catholic and Dominican Institute promotes the Mount’s heritage of St. Dominic, advances the Dominican charism of study and service, provides a forum for discussion of contemporary ethical issues, and enhances Catholic and Jewish dialogue. The Institute welcomes persons of varied faiths and acknowledges different religious traditions as essential to the college’s intellectual and spiritual life.

The Institute is directed by Charles Zola, associate professor of philosophy and division chair.

In addition to the annual philosophy workshop, the Catholic and Dominican Institute arranges lectures during the academic year.

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For more information, call 845-569-3467.