Descartes and the Journey of the Mind to God
Professor of Philosophy
University of Virginia
Rene Descartes's Discourse on Method and his Meditations on First Philosophy are widely recognized as radical breaks from ancient and medieval ways of thinking, as revolutionary starting points for the Scientific Revolution and of new forms of mathematics and philosophy, and as the foundations from which the modern, liberated yet deeply skeptical self emerged.
For all this, Descartes's works were initially placed on the Church's Index librorum prohibitorum and he has ever since been both praised and decried for opening and legitimizing the intellectual pathway to modernity's pervasive materialism, atheism, and psychological reductionism. And yet..., Descartes understood himself to be a devout Christian and his Meditations as a defense of the Catholic Church, which creates the real possibility that perhaps we don't yet fully understand Descartes's larger project and its significance for us today. For the rest of this story, we'll see you on Thursday at 5:15pm.
Missionaries, Founders, Thinkers, and Marian Apparitions
February 24: Our Lady of Guadalupe and other Marian Apparitions. Special guest: Prof. Nichole Flores (Religious Studies)
March 17: St. Katharine Drexel (Saint of Racial Justice) and St. Mother Frances Cabrini (first U.S. saint, and "The Heavenly Patroness of All Emigrants")
April 21: Dorothy Day. Special Guest: Laura Brown (Casa Alma, Charlottesville)
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Friday, January 27, 2017-Downtown Mall
Did you miss any or all of our fall semester field trips? Please plan on joining us on one of our spring semester field trips.
November 19 (Saturday, 11:30-5:00pm): Shakespeare's King Lear
This faculty panel discussion series will address contemporary issues in light of the principles of the Catholic Social Teaching tradition. This tradition is informed and given coherence by the resources of papal encyclicals and other official pronouncements of the Church, but its content and concerns includes the first and most recent members of the Church. Catholic social teaching challenges thinking Catholics--and others--to become better informed about the world as it is, the deep causes of our social problems today, and our capacities and responsibilities to advocate for the common good, for justice, and especially and always for those most in need.
November 5 (1:00pm): Reinhard Hütter (Catholic University of America), "The Development of Doctrine and Why it Matters: The Ongoing Relevance of John Henry Newman's Thought"
Cosponsored with The Thomistic Institute and St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, Location: 401 Alderman Rd., St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish Hall.
The great Summa Theologca is one of the most important works of theological wisdom ever written, a masterwork for the ages that continues to influence Western religion and philosophy. Despite its intellectual importance, many know far too little about the original purpose, the structure of the text, the historical reception over the past 700 years, and the continued relevance of the wisdom offered by the Summa Theologica. This public lecture by the eminent scholar of historical theology and Christian mysticism Bernard McGinn is free and open to all, so invite a friend and/or colleague.
St. Thomas Aquinas Hall)
Fall 2016 Public Lecture Series
Bernard McGinn, (University of Chicago), “St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae,” Sept. 22, 2016
Eamon Duffy, (University of Cambridge), "Recreating Poussin's Seven Sacraments," Oct. 21, 2016
Reinhard Hütter (Catholic University of America): The Development of Doctrine and Why it Matters: The Ongoing Relevance of John Henry Newman's Thought"
2015-16 Public Lecture Series
Carlos Eire, (Yale University), "Discerning the gulf between the Protestant and Catholic Reformations: The Case of Sor Maria de Agreda," April 7, 2016
Emmanuel Falque, (Institut Catholique de Paris), “God, the Flesh, and the Other,” March 3, 2016
Faculty Panel Discussion on Laudato Si, February 19, 2016
Fr. George Coyne, SJ, (Emeritus Director, Vatican Observatory), “Reading the Universe as an Icon of God,” January 21, 2016
Michael Root, (Catholic University of America) “Speaking of the Other: the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate,” Oct. 29, 2015
David Tracy, (University of Chicago), “God as Infinity,” Oct. 1, 2015