Traveling scholars study Thomistic philosophy at annual Mount workshop

June 19, 2018

8th Annual CDI Philosophy Workshop

Nearly 90 scholars from around the world explored the wisdom of 13th century Dominican friar Thomas Aquinas at Mount Saint Mary College’s eighth annual Philosophy Workshop, June 13 through 17. 

The theme of this year’s conference was “Aquinas on Divine Attributes.”

“By studying St. Thomas Aquinas as philosophers, we can get a greater grip on how the mind understands reality in a way that’s harmonious with faith and reason, and with the Catholic intellectual tradition and the latest in philosophy and science,” explained Fr. Dominic Legge, OP, director of the Thomistic Institute in Washington, D.C. 
The scholars, hailing from as far as England, Canada, and Italy, were welcomed by Dr. Jason N. Adsit, Mount Saint Mary College president; Charles Zola, chair of the Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies, associate professor of Philosophy, and director of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute; and Fr. Legge.

Dr. Adsit was pleased to see the annual workshop continuing to thrive at the Mount year after year.

“This conference matters and the work that you’re doing matters,” he said to the scholars. “This is a great opportunity for all of you to gather together, drill in, and to really take time to discuss and reflect on these important topics. I want to do everything I can to continue to support this event, to support the work that all of you are doing, and to help continue the growth and development of this wonderful, wonderful event.” 

The talk marked Dr. Adsit’s first on-campus speaking engagement as president of the Mount. He began his tenure at the college on June 1, succeeding Interim President Dr. David Kennett. 

This year’s presenters included Fr. Stephen Brock of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross; Brian Carl of the Dominican House of Studies; Michael Gorman of The Catholic University of America; Joshua Hochschild of Mount St. Mary’s University; James Madden of Benedictine College; Fr. Raymund Snyder, OP of the Thomistic Institute; Anna Bonta Moreland of Villanova University; and Candace Vogler of the University of Chicago.

The workshop was sponsored by the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute (CDI), The Thomistic Institute of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., and The Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture in Indiana. In addition to Zola, it was organized by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP and Fr. Raymund Snyder, OP of the Thomistic Institute; and Anna Halpine, founder of the World Youth Alliance and member of the Mount Saint Mary College Board of Trustees.

CDI 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. 

Since its inception eight years ago, the philosophy workshop has become “the preeminent event of its kind, drawing scholars from around the globe,” Zola explained. “It inspires great debate, advances research, and fosters community among those individuals studying these topics. We are honored to play host to this academic event at Mount Saint Mary College.”